Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum

Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum - Background Context

Islamic Republic of Iran began to propound the idea of a regional peace building, a middle way solution through diplomatic process for the age old lingering problem of lack of mutual trust, disagreement and conflicts within the Gulf Region.

Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum

About Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum

The pronouncement of Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum is remarkable and its initiation cannot be ignored, as it came in the wake of series of regular disagreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Due to different views that lead the GCC to get divided into two parties Iranian and Saudi spheres. The Persian Gulf Regional Dialogue Forum concentrates on encouragement of peace and prosperity in the regions.

Inclusion to such forum ideally should have the underlying protocols and acceptance towards generally-recognised principles, common objectives, especially respect for the hegemony or sovereignty in the region, territorial uprightness & honour, the political freedom of all states. The forum should provide international boundaries absolute and use of the force is not allowed in any case.

Ultimate Objective or Agenda of the Forum

It aims to connect people of various segments and walks of life, belonging to different GCC member countries. The forum could serve as the common platform for all GCC countries, demolishing all conservative and orthodox boundaries.


The common platform could be crucial/symbiotic to discuss and devise the solution to counter the terrorism in the region, which is always the lingering threat to many countries in the region. The member countries are expected to follow the constructive measures or set of protocols to build the confidence. This measure could include independence of movement or navigation across the region, affirmation of free flow of valuable resources, energies and find solutions for the conservation of the delicate biodiversity and marine ecology in the Gulf region.

About GCC

The GCC comprises of all Arab states (of Persian Gulf) except the Iraq. GCC is league/association or concordat of six countries for their political and economic benefits. These six countries that comprises Gulf cooperation Council (GCC) are as such.
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • State of Kuwait.
  • Sultanate of Oman.
  • State of Qatar.
  • Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fact About Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

  • Headquarter: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Year of Establishment: 25th May 1981.
  • Official Language: Arabic.
  • GDP: $3.515 trillion.
The objective of the GCC was to achieve the prosperity, peace and union of all states of Persian Gulf. This was valuable cooperation, as each state share common religious beliefs, political structure, deeply interlinked cultural identities, monarchies ever since. The presidency or chairperson of the GCC council rotates annually. The GCCis the combination of three constitutional monarchies, two absolute monarchies and one federal monarchy. Each of these states is in return is absolute monarchy in their own sense.

Important Links (External)

  1. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  2. Iran proposes new regional forum for Gulf - The Hindu.
  3. Zarif calls Persian Gulf states to join regional dialogue - Mehr News Agency.

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