Saudi Arabia acknowledges no progress at GCC+3 summit on Iran’s nuclear program

Archive – Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan – -/Eurokinissi via ZUMA Press Wir / DPA

The Saudi government has acknowledged that the Gulf Cooperation Council + 3 summit has ended without progress on talks to rejoin Iran as a full partner to the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between the Islamic republic and the international community.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan explained that the meeting between the leaders of the Gulf, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt with US President Joe Biden has yielded «positive talks» on the Iranian issue, although «without concrete results,» he said at the final press conference at the end of the meeting, held in the city of Jeddah.

Instead, the minister indicated that the meeting was primarily aimed at assessing the current state of relations between the United States and the Gulf countries during Biden’s first visit to the region as US president.

Iran has announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several points of the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States unilaterally pulled out of the pact in 2018, although Iranian officials have advocated that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws sanctions and returns to the agreement.

The only public mention of Iran so far has been introduced by Biden during his keynote speech, in which he assured that his country will continue to confront «the threat posed by Iran, and has guaranteed that his country «will not only pursue deterrence of threats, but also de-escalate conflicts where necessary», as has happened thanks to the ceasefire in Yemen.

«It is very much in our interest,» he added, «that it does not obtain a nuclear weapon,» before indicating that it will also focus on preventing Tehran from «undermining freedom of navigation through waterways such as the Bab el Mandeb or Strait of Hormuz,» key routes for the transit of crude oil and other goods.

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