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Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani takes Over as GCC Secretary General.

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) --Bahraini Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani has today officially taken over as new GCC secretary-general.

He goes down in history as the fifth GCC secretary-general and the first hailing from the military top brass to hold such a position even since the bloc was established.

In an exclusive statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he stressed the ability of the GCC to face challenges towards meeting citizens' hopes and aspirations and achieving utmost complementary, crediting the GCC leaders for their farsightedness and visions.

"The GCC was has been based since its inception in 1981 on the principles of common history, joint destiny", he said, describing the bloc as responding to the Gulf nationals' aspirations of social and economic complementarity between member countries.

He also underscored the principle of collective security and commitment to stave off any foreign designs, adding that the GCC has so far succeeded in deterring any threats, with firmness and competence. Dr Al Zayani lauded the unlimited solidarity bonding the GCC member states, whether on level of leaders or peoples, citing the strong kinship, unified goals, and common destiny.

He paid tribute to all GCC countries for throwing their weight behind the Kingdom of Bahrain, by dispatching the Peninsula Shield Forces to contribute to its security and stability at a critical juncture.

He also lauded the GCC initiative to earmark earmark

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 a massive $20 billion development package benefiting the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman over ten years.

Dr. Al Zayani stressed the importance of promoting comprehensive collective security in the region and protecting the GCC landmark achievements and boosting Gulf renaissance even further.

He pledged to spare no efforts to achieve the goals featuring in GCC bylaw, in line with recommendations of the GCC leaders and build on their previous decisions for the glorious march to continue unabated towards more progress, prosperity and comprehensive complementarity.

He extended his deep thanks and appreciation to the GCC leaders for approving his appointment as secretary-general in their final communiqu in Abu Dhabi in December 2010.

He also paid tribute to his outgoing secretary-general Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah and all the other predecessors, commending their efforts and acknowledged competence, contributing greatly to the glorious GCC march. He also vowed to spare no efforts, in cooperation with the other general-secretariat officials to build on past achievements and further consolidate the march of the GCC, towards meeting the hopes and aspirations of the GCC peoples.

Here is Dr. Al-Zayani's detailed CURRICULLAM VITAE. PERSONAL DETAILS Name: AbdulLatif Rashid Al Zayani Rank: Lieutenant-General (Retired) Place of Birth: Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain Appointment:

On 10th June 2010, Appointed As Adviser within The General-Court of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the rank of Minister. EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS -Received his Commission as an officer within the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973, following graduation from the Royal Military Academy Royal Military Academy has been the name of two different institutions of the British Army.

The original Royal Military Academy was at Woolwich in London and was established in 1741 to train engineering and artillery officers, whose skills were too complex to learn solely on
 Sandhurst in UK.-Graduate of the Aeronautical Engineering program, Perth Scotland in 1978.

-Master's Degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology The Naval Postgraduate School serves a similar purpose for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Army does not have a comparable school; Army officers study at the Naval Postgraduate School or AFIT. , Dayton, Ohio in 1980.

-PhD in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School The Naval Postgraduate School is a graduate school operated by the United States Navy. Located in Monterey, California, it grants primarily master's degrees plus some doctoral degrees to its students, who are mostly active duty officers from U.S. and foreign military services. , Monterey, California in 1986.-Command and General Staff course, Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1988 and received the sword of honor Sword of Honor is an honorary sword awarded to that “Gentleman Cadet” or “Gentlewoman Cadet” who achieves an overall best performance during his/her entire training period at Pakistan Military Academy, at Kakul, or Pakistan Air Force Academy at Risalpur, or  along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army. EXPERIENCE IN BAHRAIN DEFENCE FORCE -Served in the 1st Royal Mechanized Battalion, the Royal Air Defence, and the Royal Bahraini Air Force The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) was formerly known as Bahrain Ameri Air Force (BAAF) but since the elections of 14 February 2002, the state became a monarchy and the Armed Forces were renamed accordingly. The air force had 650 personnel in 1992. .-Director of Planning and Organizations.

-Director of Joint Operations.-Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations in charge of joint operations, plans, training, force development, and command and control.-2nd June 2004-Transferred from the Bahrain Defence Force to the Ministry of the Interior to take up the appointment of the Chief of Public Security. EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY OF THE INTEIOR Responsible for commanding and for modernizing the Police Force, Special Forces, the Coastguard and the Civil Defence and Fire Service.

Responsible for all aspects of security and safety within the Kingdom, including: -All aspects of Operational Policing.-All aspects of preparedness to counter terrorism and civil disorder.-Coordination of All aspects of Crisis, Consequence and Disaster Management.

EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Adviser within The General-Court of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the rank of Minister. Chairman of Joint Steering Committee between kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom. Chairman of Development and Regulation committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. May 2010-Nominated for the post of Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

To assume post in 2011.EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING -Professor in "Mathematics and Statistics" at the University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
  • University of Maryland, College Park, a research-extensive and flagship university; when the term "University of Maryland" is used without any qualification, it generally refers to this school
, Bahrain

.-Professor in " Quantitative Methods" at the University of Bahrain -Taught statistics, quantitative methods and total quality management at the Arabian Gulf University References

1. ^ M. Brownell Anderson (December 2003). Viewpoint: Crossing Boundaries with International Medical Education. Association of American Medical Colleges. Retrieved on 2007-04-07.
2. ^ Arabian Gulf University.
 and supervised many students there as partial fulfillment for Master's of Science in Technology Management.

INTERESTS In addition to his professional interests, other interests include traveling and fitness.

He was bestowed several prestigious medals among his lifetime achievements.

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