Persian Gulf Arab states welcome P5+1-Iran deal

Persian Gulf Arab states welcome P5+1-Iran deal
Wed Dec 11, 2013 08:03:48

The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) has welcomed the preliminary landmark deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.

"The [P]GCC states have expressed their comfort towards the preliminary Geneva agreement pertaining to the Iranian nuclear program, and we look forward to its success to lead to a permanent pact, that drives away the specter of tension from our region," Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, said on Tuesday at the opening session of the 34th summit in Kuwait City.

Heads of the PGCC member states further noted that a fresh leaf is turned over in the relationship between the monarchies of the region and their northern neighbor.

This is the first such summit since Iran struck a deal with the P5+1 in late November. The interim agreement is seen as a step towards concluding a final deal over Iran's nuclear program.

The six members of the PGCC, that include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, have responded in different ways to Iran since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has paid visits to four of the six states, excluding Riyadh and Manama. However, Bahrain expressed readiness to receive the Iranian diplomat soon.

Washington has been trying to reassure its Persian Gulf allies of their security following the deal reached with Iran.


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