Obama, Saudi King discuss Iran nuclear deal ahead of Gulf Council Summit

Saudi Arabian King Salman Al Saud called US President Barack Obama to review the status of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries ahead of Thursday’s summit between the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council, the White House stated in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama and King Salman, according to the release, reviewed the agenda for the US-GCC summit and agreed to work with other GCC members to build collective security capabilities.
Representatives of the Arab League attend an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

“The President and King Salman also discussed the importance of a comprehensive agreement between the P5+1 and Iran that verifiably ensures the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” the release, issued on Monday, said.

Saudi Arabia along with five other GCC states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, are set to meet with US officials at Camp David on Thursday to discuss regional security cooperation.

Obama, the release added, also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s announcement of a cease-fire in Yemen to address the urgent humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi King, who was initially slated to meet with Obama at the White House on Wednesday, canceled his trip because of the humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen and the opening of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid, the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC said in a press release on Sunday.

The United States and GCC member states will announce plans to integrate ballistic defense capabilities after the US-GCC summit meeting at Camp David on Thursday, National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said during a press call on Monday.

On Thursday at Camp David, US and GCC officials will discuss a range of security topics, including the Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, the Iran nuclear agreement and Iran’s activities throughout the Middle East.
By  Sputnik News