In May 2011, Jordan`s application for membership of the GCC, first submitted fifteen years earlier, was accepted and Morocco was invited to join the Union.   In September 2011, following a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries and those of the GCC countries, a five-year economic plan was presented for both countries. Although a membership plan is being prepared, it was found that there was no timetable for the accession of any of them and that discussions would continue.  Given that Jordan and Morocco are the only two Arab monarchies that are not currently on the Council, the current members see them as powerful potential allies. Jordan borders Saudi Arabia and is economically linked to the Gulf countries. Although Morocco is not close to the Persian Gulf, Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri notes that “geographical distance is not an obstacle to a strong relationship.” .