The Riyadh meeting will see leaders of the various countries gathering for the first time.
Dr Jean-Loup Samaan, senior research fellow at the Middle East Institute in the National University of Singapore, told CNA: “For a long time, the relationship was quite modest, to be honest. It was mostly about cultural exchange, but on both sides, I think there was a certain level of benign neglect.”
Noting that the GCC Was formed in 1981, Ms Sharon Seah, senior fellow and coordinator of the ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, said that in the institutional life of any organisation, the first decade is typically spent consolidating relations among its own members, which has been the GCC’s main objective thus far.
Ms Seah added that she expects a plan of action to take the ASEAN-GCC relationship forward to be agreed between both sides at the summit.