Saudi Arabia Sees No Positive Sign Of Reviving Obama Nuclear Deal

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (file photo)

Saudi Arabia Sees No Positive Sign Of Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that there is little optimism for the fate of negotiations to restore the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Prince Faisal bin Farhan said his country had concerns about a possible revived nuclear deal, especially over IAEA inspections. However, he said that even a flawed deal was better than no deal.

“We are hopeful that there is still potential for progress of the negotiations. But unfortunately, the signs, as of now, are not positive,” he said. 

He added that there were still differences with Iran that currently prevent him from meeting with his Iranian counterpart, but said “we certainly have the intent to build a positive relationship with our neighbors in Iran”.

Iranian drone technology poses an increasing threat to the Middle East, bin Farhan said and stressed the importance of cooperation among regional countries to confront the matter.

“The short-term approach must be based on building capacity to face existing risks,” he explained, adding that “Meanwhile, the long-term approach requires cooperation to understand threats and construct frameworks for an action plan that could help in building future technologies for confronting this danger and protecting ourselves and our partners from it.”

A meeting of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council plus Jordan, Iraq and Egypt (GCC+3) was also held in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly. The GCC+3 meeting, hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, was “very good” and followed up on President Joe Biden’s visit to Jeddah in July, Prince Faisal added.

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