GCC SECURITY TOP PRIORITY: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah holds talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)
RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah met here on Saturday with the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait for a mini-summit to discuss major regional developments, including the crisis in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.
King Abdullah, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah discussed “issues of interest to the three nations,” said the Saudi Press Agency without elaborating.
The three leaders also discussed the latest regional and global developments and expressed their stand on them as well as ways of strengthening the Gulf Cooperation Council, the SPA report said.
The tripartite talks were attended by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, foreign minister, Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier, and Prince Muhammad bin Naif, interior minister.
Saudi and international political analysts have highlighted the significance of the Riyadh summit as it comes at a crucial stage in Geneva talks between Western powers and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program.
Badr Almotawa, a Saudi journalist, said he believed Saudi Arabia would take a strong and strategic stand on latest developments in the region, similar to the one it took on the UN Security Council seat.
The Riyadh meeting comes ahead of the GCC summit that will take place in Kuwait next month.
Saudi Ambassador in London, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, meanwhile, warned on Saturday that Saudi Arabia would not sit idly by if the UK, US and other world powers failed to curb Iran’s ambitious nuclear program. “All options are available,” Prince Mohammed told The Times.