The United States and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) slammed Iran over her allegedly destabilizing behavior. The nations urged caution regarding Iran’s actions in the Gulf region, her ballistic missile program, and her support for terrorist groups including Hezbollah. The United States President Barrack Obama and GCC leaders convened at the 2nd GCC-US Summit held in Riyadh. The nations involved pledged to increase cooperation on all fronts in order to resolve regional conflicts, including information sharing on Iran, boosting marine security cooperation and implementation of ballistic missile defense and development of an early warning system.
The leaders expressed solidarity with the Syrian people and reaffirmed the need for a political transition without Bashar Assad, the current ruler of Syria. Concern for the plight of refugees was also expressed. A summit will be held refugees in September of this year after which, the need for additional support to these refugees was expressed. Furthermore, the leaders expressed the desire to achieve peace in Iraq and pledged to support the country to defeat Daesh (ISIS).
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GCC leaders and the United States appreciated hostilities in Yemen, and underscored the need to resolve the ongoing crisis between Palestine and Israel, longing for a peace agreement that was not only lasting, but concrete and just. The United States expressed her readiness to support the Gulf Cooperation Council in order to diversify their economies which face challenges in light of low oil prices. The GCC-US leaders committed to continue coordinating closely on all matters of mutual concern.
At this point, it would seem the primary concern for the leaders was Iran and its growing military capabilities. Iran was accused of waging a proxy war in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, and a rather extended discussion was on cautionary measures. Iran successfully negotiated a nuclear deal with the United States following which certain sanctions on the country were lifted.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.