Gulf Arab Summit calls for action, not words from Iran

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the 40th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the 40th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 10, 2019. Bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Document broadcast via REUTERS

December 14, 2021

By Yousef Saba

The Gulf Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged Iran to take concrete steps to ease tensions while reiterating calls to include the region in talks between major powers. world and Tehran to save their nuclear deal.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told the annual meeting of Gulf leaders before the final joint communique was issued that the nuclear and missile programs of longtime rival Iran should be dealt with. “serious and effective” philosophy.

Indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States to The 2015 Nuclear Treaty revival began in April, but stopped in June following the election of hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi. After a five-month hiatus, the Iranian negotiating team returned to Vienna with an uncompromising stance.

“So far, reports suggest that Iran is experiencing some stagnation and we expect this to progress in the near future,” Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud told the meeting. after the Gulf summit.

He said that although the Gulf states wanted to participate in the negotiations, they would be “open to any mechanism” addressing their concerns, including regional mandates. area of ​​Iran.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran are jostling for influence in a competition that has played out across the region in events such as the wars in Yemen and in Lebanon, where Hezbollah’s rising power is driven by Iran’s backing has fractured Beirut’s Gulf relations.

Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates are both engaging with Iran in an effort to manage tensions at a time when the Gulf deepens uncertainty about America’s role in the region, and as the nations Oil production focuses on economic growth.

Prince Faisal said the talks did not show “real change in practice” but “we are open, we are ready”.

The President of Iran has stated his foreign policy priorities deal-2021-06-21 will improve relations with Gulf neighbors.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has toured the Gulf to show solidarity ahead of the summit, which comes almost a year after Riyadh ended Saudi Arabia’s 3-1/2 year boycott of Qatar. – um.

Non-Gulf Saudi Arabia and Egypt have restored diplomatic relations with Doha but the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have yet to do so, although Abu Dhabi has moved to mend the fence.

The four boycotting countries have accused Qatar of supporting Islamist militants, a charge Doha denies.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have shifted from hawkish foreign policies to a more conciliatory approach as they compete to attract foreign investment and win over US President Joe Biden.

The UAE has moved faster to improve relations with Iran and Turkey and re-engage with Syria after establishing ties with Israel last year.

(Reporting by Yousef Saba and Lisa Barrington; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, William Maclean and Mark Heinrich) Gulf Arab Summit calls for action, not words from Iran


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