Should Gulf Co-operation Council push for economic unity?

Since the Arab uprisings, the Gulf Co-operation Council has been reinvigorated - taking a lead in Arab policy towards Libya and Syria.

So when GCC leaders met in Riyadh last week, some were expecting the announcement of a big step towards a full political union between the six member nations of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

So given stronger, diversified economies would also benefit the GCC nations, should Gulf leaders be focussing on getting the basics of economic integration right before looking to the loftier ambitions of full unity?

Simon Atkinson reports.

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