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Gulf Cooperation Council

an association of Persian Gulf nations formed for the purpose of collective defense against aggression.
Abbreviation: GCC. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. The GCC was established in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, in May 1981. The purpose of the GCC is to achieve unity among its members based on their common objectives and their similar political and cultural identities, which are rooted in Islamic beliefs. Presidency of the council rotates annually.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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