|Persian Gulf Arab states welcome Iran nuclear deal||
TEHRAN - The (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([p]GCC) has welcomed the preliminary landmark deal between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China and Germany), further depicting that a fresh leaf is turned over in the relationship between the Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf region and their Shia neighbor, Al-Jazeera reported.
“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,” Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, said on Tuesday at the opening session of the 34th summit in Kuwait City.
This is the first such summit since Iran struck a deal with the P5+1 in late November, to offer some concessions on its nuclear activities in exchange for partial easing of sanctions. The interim agreement is seen as a step towards concluding a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program.
At the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday, the bloc called for good neighborly relations with Iran based on “non-interference in internal affairs”.
A communique read by the bloc’s Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said, “The (P)GCC welcomed the new direction of the Iranian leadership towards the (P)GCC countries, in the hope that this direction will be followed with tangible steps that will reflect positively ... on peace, security and stability in the region.”
The six members of the group, that include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, have responded in different ways to Iran since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office.
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