His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Tuesday congratulated leaders of the P5+1 countries’ leaders and UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Iran’s nuclear agreement. His Highness the Amir sent cables to Presidents of France Francois Hollande, the US Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ban, hoping the agreement would boost regional security and stability.
His Highness the Amir said the agreement should trigger efforts towards development and progress in the region. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent simiar cables to the P5+1 countries leaders and Ban.
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reassured the GCC countries that an American presence will remain in the area in light of Tuesday’s nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran. “Our military including tens of thousands of US forces in the Middle East are full speed ahead maintaining a strong presence in the Gulf,” said Carter in a statement, echoing the American commitment to defend the GCC countries against foreign threats. “We remain prepared and postured to bolster the security of our friends and allies in the region including Israel; to defense against aggression; ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf; and check Iranian malign influence,” he continued. “We will utilize military option if necessary,” he asserted. US President Barack Obama stressed, in a contact with the Saudi King, on keenness of his country’s support for issues of common concern in accordance with last May talks held in Camp David. The White House in press release said, “The President spoke today with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, “offered his personal condolences over the passing of Prince Saud Al-Faisal. He shared details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Irans nuclear program agreed to among the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran.” In discussing the details of the JCPOA, Obama affirmed that it will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by cutting off all of the potential pathways to a bomb while ensuring the peaceful nature of Irans nuclear program going forward.
The President underscored that the United States is as committed as ever to working with our Gulf partners to counter Irans destabilizing activities in the region and promoting stability as well as resolutions to the region’s crises. Consistent with the productive discussions the president conducted with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members at Camp David in May, he reiterated the United States support in building the capabilities of our regional partners. The president and the King also spoke about the urgency of stopping the fighting in Yemen and the importance of ensuring that assistance can reach Yemenis on all sides of the conflict through international humanitarian channels.