|Great transformation in Iran-Persian Gulf Arab states relations on the cards: analyst||
TEHRAN – In a recent interview published on the website of the Brookings Institution, the director of the Brookings Doha Center has said that a great transformation is set to take place in the relations between Iran and Persian Gulf Arab states in the near future.
On the prospects for collective Persian Gulf Arab States’ political and economic engagement with Iran, given the recent visit of Kuwait’s emir and gas supply agreements with Kuwait and Oman, Salman Shaikh said, “We don’t see it yet, and of course Saudi Arabia is key here. I believe we are on the eve of a great transformative era in (Iran-Persian Gulf Arab states) relations, but it has to be worked on.
“That’s why the visit of Kuwait’s (emir) is a good thing - to try to build greater understanding and communication. We know Oman has traditionally played that role and is a very valuable actor. Iranian energy is meeting a certain need and if it does lead towards greater energy coordination and security, that is a good thing. The whole issue of relations with Iran has to be managed well, and therein lies responsibilities for the Iranians, the (Persian) Gulf states and major Western powers such as (the) United States and Europe in managing that change.”
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