The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said they supported the decision of US President to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran and to re-impose severe sanctions.
The Bahrain News Agency, BNA, quoted a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying, “This decision reflects the commitment of the United States to confront Iranian policies and Iran’s continuous attempts to spread terrorism in the region in full violation of international norms and laws.”
The Emirates, according to a statement released by the official news agency, issued its support for Mr Trump’s decision, and called upon the international community and parties in the Iran nuclear agreement to “heed Mr Trump’s call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.”
In addition, the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted in support of Mr Trump’s decision:
He added that the problem was Iran interpretation of the deal “as concurrence of its regional hegemony.”
“An aggressive Iran was emboldened as a result & its ballistic missile program became both offensive & exportable” the senior UAE diplomat warned. Mr Gargash said that the Iran deal “would have to led to a regional nuclear race with little trust in Iran’s intentions”, and that it’s time to “rethink & a new effective regional plan.”
Riyadh’s statement, which came less than an hour after Mr Trump’s decision, said it “supports and welcomes” the US decision.
However, it then pointed to Iran’s destabilising activities in the region, especially through the development of ballistic missiles, and its support for terrorist groups in the region, such as the Houthis which “used the capabilities transferred by Iran to target civilians in the Kingdom and Yemen and repeated exposure international shipping lanes, and in flagrant violation of the resolutions of the Security Council,” as reasons why it is withdrawing the support today.
In Washington, Saudi ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman reiterated the support, and said the nuclear deal “has fueled Iran’s malicious expansion driven by its extremist ideology.”
Mr Trump said in his announcement that the US consulted with our friends from across the Middle East. “We are unified in our understanding of the threat and in our conviction that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon” he said.
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