Hagel: US-Iran talks ‘not at cost of Gulf security’

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Updated 16 May 2014

Hagel: US-Iran talks ‘not at cost of Gulf security’

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday promised Saudi Arabia and other GCC states that US negotiations to contain Iran's nuclear program would not weaken their security.
“First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran's nuclear program,” he said while addressing a meeting of GCC defense ministers in Jeddah.
The Pentagon chief added: “Second, while our strong preference is for a diplomatic solution, the United States will remain postured and prepared to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon — and that Iran abides by the terms of any potential agreement.”
Even if Tehran backs out of the nuclear negotiations, Hagel said, “the US remains committed to our Gulf partners' security.”
Hagel’s reassurance came after Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense called for stronger military cooperation between the US and the GCC, whose security he said is threatened.
“We meet today amid persistent threats to the region's security and stability,” which “necessitate coordination in politics and defense strategies of our countries,” said Prince Salman. “The security of our countries and our people are in danger,” added the crown prince.
Among the issues of concern were “political crises” in some Arab states, as well as “attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and meddling of certain states” in the internal affairs of others, he added.
He voiced hope that “cooperation continues” with the US, stressing “historic and strategic relations” between Washington and GCC countries have “contributed to cementing security and stability in the region.


Kuwait’s government resigns ahead of anticipated elections

Updated 19 min 39 sec ago

Kuwait’s government resigns ahead of anticipated elections

  • An election is also expected for the 50-seat parliament in early 2020
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s state-run news agency says the Arab Gulf country’s Cabinet has resigned.

The move comes ahead of parliamentary elections early next year.

KUNA reported on Thursday that Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Sabah formally submitted his Cabinet’s resignation to the country’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah.

The government in Kuwait has resigned in the past, particularly when faced with no-confidence votes and grilling of ruling family members.

An election is also expected for the 50-seat parliament in early 2020.