Obama calls King Salman to discuss Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama meets new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh. (File photo: Associated)

President Barack Obama called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday to discuss the deal the United States and international negotiators reached with Iran on its nuclear program, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

King Salman said he hoped to reach a final deal and mandatory accord that would aid in developing regional and international security, a statement said.

The leaders also discussed recent developments in Yemen as Obama reiterated the United States’ full commitment to sustain Saudi Arabia’s capabilities in defending itself.

For his part, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed, over the line, hope to reach a final and mandatory accord conducive to consolidating regional as well as international security and stability.

Obama also invited King Salman and the Gulf Cooperation Council to Camp David for a summit to continue conversations on Iran, Reuters news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the U.S. president hailed the nuclear agreement with Iran as “historic,” adding that it could pave the way for a final deal that would leave the U.S., its allies and the world safer.

Speaking from the White House, Obama said the agreement “is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives.” He said verification mechanisms built into the framework agreed to in Switzerland hours earlier would ensure that “if Iran cheats, the world with know it.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47