U.S. to ‘expedite’ arms sales to Gulf countries

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, listens during a foreign ministers meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)

Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf countries following a meeting with regional foreign ministers in Qatar, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference in the Qatari capital, Kerry said that the U.S. had “agreed to expedite certain arms sales that are needed and that have taken too long in the past”.

Kerry added that the U.S. and states in the region would also increase efforts to share intelligence.

Speaking about Syria, Kerry said: “Our policy has and always will be clear. Will have a trilateral meeting with the Saudis, U.S. and Russia soon regarding it.”

“We believe that [Bashar al] Assad and his regime have lost legitimacy because of his brutality against his people.”

“His actions have been drawing and fueling the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … We realize that there is no military solution to the Syria crisis currently, there has to be a political solution.”

Damaging effect

During the meeting, Kerry also condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militias and urged all parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians.

“The actions of the Houthis have had a damaging effect on Yemen security and its people but in the meantime we urge all parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid and help to reach all people,” he said.

Best option

Also during the meeting, Kerry said that he and fellow foreign ministers from the GCC agreed that once fully implemented, the Iranian nuclear deal would contribute to the region's security.

Meanwhile, the Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah said that the accord on Tehran's nuclear program as the best available option.

"This was the best option among other options to come up with a solution... through dialogue," Attiyah said.



Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46