Middle East Leaders Pull Out of Obama Summit on Iranian Nuclear Deal
President Barack Obama’s recent attempts at a nuclear reconciliation with Iran has run into some small problems — namely, that the ruler of of his strongest regional ally won’t show up to a summit discussing said attempt.
The Wall Street Journal reports that on Thusday, King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled on the Camp David summit, set for later this summer. As a result, King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa of Bahrain also pulled out yesterday. (The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef will take King Salman’s place at the negotiations.)
According to the Journal, Obama hopes to persuade the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (which includes Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain) to support the deal with Iran. If successful, the deal would loosen sanctions against the Islamic Republic while curtailing their nuclear weapons program.
However, officials from the GCC aren’t so convinced:
Senior Arab officials involved in organizing the meeting said not enough progress had been made in narrowing differences with Washington on issues like Iran and Syria to make the Saudi ruler’s trip worth it.
“There isn’t substance for the summit,” said an Arab official who has held discussions with the Obama administration in recent days.
Watch below via CNN:
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