Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Friday there is little optimism for the status of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
“We are hopeful that there is still potential for progress of the negotiations. But unfortunately, the signs, as of now, are not positive,” Prince Faisal said.
The Saudi diplomat spoke to media following a meeting of the Gulf Co-operation Council plus Jordan, Iraq and Egypt (GCC+3) in New York on the sidelines of this year’s UN General Assembly.
Saudi’s Foreign Minister spoke to the media following a meeting of the Gulf Co-operation Council plus Jordan, Iraq and Egypt (GCC+3) in New York on the sidelines of this year’s UN General Assembly.
The meeting came after efforts to salvage the deal have fallen apart. Former U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from the deal brokered by the Obama administration and since then any agreement to slow Iran’s enrichment of nuclear weapons has dissipated.
The GCC+3 meeting, hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, was “very good” and followed up on President Joe Biden’s visit to Jeddah in July, Prince Faisal said. Representatives and foreign ministers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen and Egypt attended the meeting, which went 15 minutes over its scheduled time.
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