GCC calls for participation in Iran’s nuke deal talks

A handout photograph released on 01 June 2016 by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman (C) flanked by Saudi Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (L) and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 31 May 2016. EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT EPA/SAUDI PRESS AGENCY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Riyadh, Feb 24 (IANS) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General, Nayef Al-Hajraf has called for the participation of GCC countries in any talks on Iran’s nuclear deal, Al Arabiya News reported on Wednesday.

Hajraf made the call during his meeting with the Ambassadors of the European Union in Riyadh on Tuesday, noting the Iranian nuclear negotiations are related to regional security and stability, Xinhua reported.

The administration of the United States’ President Joe Biden has signalled to Iran its willingness to return to talks to revive the nuclear deal former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

GCC countries were kept out of the talks that led to the 2016 international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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