Manama: A draft of the communiqué expected to be released at the end of the meeting between the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and President Barack Obama this week will stress the reinforcement of the GCC defensive structure, a report has said.
The communiqué will also call for selling weapons to the GCC and for taking measures to ensure their fast delivery, London-based Al Hayat daily said on Sunday.
Obama had invited the GCC leaders to a summit on May 13-14 after six world powers and Iran reached a framework agreement last month that would lift sanctions off Tehran.
However, the GCC states are concerned the agreement would allow Iran ultimately to have the nuclear bomb and to use cash from unfrozen assets to help its proxies gain greater powers and influence in Arab countries.
Preparations for the much-anticipated meeting, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the White House and at Camp David, started more than 45 days ago and included a meeting last week between the GCC foreign ministers and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The US weapons to be sold to the GCC will include the Patriot system built by Raytheon Co and the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the daily added.
Joint military exercises and the reinforcement of the naval protection in the Arabian Gulf waters will also be mentioned in the communiqué.
The six GCC countries and the US will work to confront any attempt by Iran to destablise the region, but will normalise relations with Tehran if it puts an end to its threats to the security and stability of the region.
The GCC leaders and Obama will also support the fight against terrorism by conducting air strikes in Syria and Iraq and by consolidating measures to end its funding. Communication within the GCC and intelligence sharing with Washington will be improved.
The GCC and the US Administration will insist that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has lost his legitimacy and that he would have no role in the future of Syria. The communiqué will call for a full transition of power in Syria that preserves the rights of minorities and strengthens the moderate opposition.
On the situation in Yemen, the communiqué will endorse the GCC initiative and the United Nations resolutions as the bases for a solution, the daily said.
However, Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, insisted in remarks to be aired by Sky News on Sunday evening that although Obama’s invitation to the summit was a positive step, the final view will depend on the results.
“If the outcome of the meeting is a vague statement about the security of the region and talk about a defence system, then the results will be modest,” he said in the interview.
“Relations between the GCC and the US are a two-way street. If the Gulf needs Washington, then Washington also needs the Gulf.”
The GCC countries will demand at the Camp David meeting a US political commitment that the results of the agreement included a less expansionist policy by Iran that respects its Arab neighbours, he added.
“The main problem in the relations between Iran and the Arab world is Iran’s wish for expansion. The nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West creates a new dynamism that, based on indications, is not in favour of the moderate camp in Iran. The nuclear agreement will help Iran expand internationally at the expense of the Arabs,” he said.
Gargash said he believed there was no solution for the crisis in Syria soon.
“The current moves have not yet reached the level of final solution. The fall of Al Assad does not mean the fall of Syria into the hands of extremist groups. There is ample space between the two parties,” he said, adding that Iran refuses to abandon Al Assad for lack of other options.
The UAE official said that there could be no moderate and secure Arab region without Egypt being stable and prosperous.
“If the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in power in Egypt, the situation in the Arab world would have been in a much more terrible situation,” he said.
He added that the UAE was not looking forward to single powers and that it wanted a Gulf area with Saudi Arabia assuming an important role and an Arab region with a significant Egyptian role.
Gargash told Sky News that reaching a political solution in Yemen was possible, but without Iran.
Al Houthis are part of the political process, but according to their natural size and not in accordance with the amount of weapons, he said.
He stressed a total rejection of the presence of militias similar to Hezbollah in the south of the Arabian Peninsula.
“In January, there was evidence about the existence with Al Houthis of missile launchers directed at Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He added that the GCC states exercised a high level of self-control towards Yemen, but Al Houthis, in collaboration with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, opted for a state coup.
The situation in Yemen is still complex, but the coalition has no option but to win, he added.