AMMAN, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday welcomed a request by Jordan to join the six-country council, according to local media reports.
GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif al-Zayani said Tuesday that leaders of the GCC member states supported both requests by Jordan and Morocco to join the council.
The leaders tasked their foreign ministers to start a dialogue with Amman to complete the requirements of joining the council.
Established upon an agreement signed on May 25, 1981 in Riyadh, the GCC groups Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
The council seeks to foster coordination, integration and inter- connection among the member states in all fields in order to achieve unity. It also entails deepening and strengthening of relations, links and areas of cooperation among their citizens.
The GCC is a practical answer to the security and economic challenges in the area, as well as a fulfilment of the aspirations of its citizens towards some sort of Arab regional unity, the council said on its website.