Carter in Saudi Arabia to reassure king over Iran agreement

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has arrived in Saudi Arabia to allay the kingdom’s concerns over the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries last week in Vienna, Austria.

On Wednesday, Carter landed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah where he is scheduled to hold meetings with King Salman and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s son and the defense minister of the country.

The Pentagon chief, who flew to Saudi Arabia from Jordan, will return to the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Wednesday afternoon.

Carter was in Israel on Monday and Tuesday where he held meetings with Israel leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to AFP, the Carter-Netanyahu meeting continued for up to two hours.

The two men did not make any public comment about their meeting, which came on the final day of Carter’s visit to Israel.

After more than two weeks of marathon talks, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany – announced the conclusion of nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.

Netanyahu has condemned the Iran nuclear agreement, saying Tel Aviv is not bound with US policies. He has also described it as “a historic mistake” and said he would do everything he could to block it in the US Congress.

On Monday, Carter met Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli minister for military affairs, and indicated the United States was ready to boost military ties with Israel.

On his way to Tel Aviv, Carter told reporters that the nuclear agreement does not prevent Washington from using military force against Iran if it deems it necessary.

By Press TV