Kerry to visit Gulf Arab states, vows to ‘push back’ against Iran

DUBAI – US Secretary of State John Kerry will seek to reassure Gulf Arab officials at a meeting in Qatar soon that Washington will work with them to “push back” against Iranian influence in the region, he told the pan-Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat.

“I

will be travelling to Doha in the next couple of weeks to meet with the whole (Gulf Cooperation Council),” Kerry told the paper in an interview published on Wednesday. He was referring to a group of countries comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. “I think we can persuade them both that by being more effective in our counter-push as well as through the restraints we have, they will be significantly strengthened going forward.”

via ynetnews.com

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