Israel isolated as Arab nations rally behind John Kerry over Iran nuclear deal

iran-dealArab nations that were sceptical of the Iran nuclear agreement have come aboard in support of the deal, leaving Israel as the only nation in the Middle East to oppose it.

Subsequent to John Kerry’s meeting with the Persian Gulf Arab states in Doha, Qatar, member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) explicitly expressed that they back the deal.

“This was the best option among other options — to come up with a solution. . . through dialogue. We are confident that all the efforts that have been exerted make this region very secure, very stable,” said Qatari foreign minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, who heads the GCC comprising Sunni-dominated states of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

He added: “Kerry let us know that there is going to be live oversight over Iran not to gain or to get any nuclear weapons. This is reassuring to the region.”

Kerry met the emir of Qatar prior to his talks with other senior officials of Arab Gulf states as part of Washington’s diplomatic outreach in selling the landmark agreement. The GCC’s unequivocal support is also expected to help the Obama administration in its attempts to push through the Congress, which has 60 days to review the deal. read more…