Gulf must step forward to organize talks between US and Iran says Saudi FM

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Dec, 2020. 01:06 pm
Saudi FM

The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia has said that the Gulf States must play a key role in organizing fruitful talks between Iran and the United States (US).

According to the details, Kingdom’s foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud while speaking at the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain, said  US president Joe Biden has indicated that when he takes office as US president next month he will return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from which Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.

“Primarily what we expect is that we are fully consulted, that we and our regional friends are fully consulted vis-a-vis the negotiations with Iran, the only way toward reaching an agreement that is sustainable is through such consultation.”

“I think we’ve seen as a result of the after-effects of the JCPOA that not involving regional countries results in a buildup of mistrust and neglect of the issues of real concern and of real effect on regional security.”

In addition to this, he the Prince said any new agreement would have to be an improvement on the JCPOA. “I don’t know about a revived JCPOA, although one may look to a JCPOA-plus-plus, something well beyond the JCPOA.”

He predicted a breakthrough and said that things will get better soon. “We are in full coordination with our partners in this process and the prospects that we see are very positive toward a final agreement,” he said.

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