A senior Saudi official announced on Friday that Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from US President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, reported Reuters.
This was straight after the Saudi King Salman had met with the American President at the White House, the first meeting of its kind for the new King since taking the reigns of power in January 2015.
The king flew to the US specifically to drum up support in the burgeoning confrontation with Iran, in the aftermath of the nuclear deal in July, with critics warning that the removal of sanctions on Iranian oil would merely embolden the country in the region.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Obama had assured the Saudi king that the agreement prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, includes inspections of military and suspected sites, and has a provision for the snapback of sanctions if Iran violates the agreement.
“Now we have one less problem for the time being to deal with, with regards to Iran,” he said, adding, “We can now focus more intensely on the nefarious activities that Iran is engaged in the region.”
Also present at the White House meeting was Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, taking the opportunity to talk with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
According to Press TV, the White House statement released said that “King Salman expressed his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5 + 1 countries”.
King Salman had previously refused to travel to Camp David, Maryland, the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, a move that was interpreted as a deliberate snub to the Obama administration over the nuclear deal.