Kerry: US, Gulf states plan to counter detabilizing acts in region

DOHA – The United States and Gulf Arab allies are cooperating to check destabilization in the region, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, in apparent recognition of their worries that Iran’s nuclear deal will deepen its influence among Arabs. Kerry said after meeting fellow foreign ministers from the six energy-exporting countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar that he and they agreed that once fully implemented, the accord would contribute to the region’s security. But, in apparent acknowledgement of Gulf Arab fears that the regional balance of power may be tilting towards Tehran, Kerry said the discussions

also covered “our cooperation in countering the destabilising activities taking place in the region”. Kerry told a news conference in the Qatari capital Doha: “Today my counterparts and I discussed the steps that we will take and how we intend to build an even stronger, more enduring and more strategic partnership with particular focus on our cooperative counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency.”



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