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Monday, 07 September 2015 18:00

Saudi King Salman supports nuclear deal with Iran

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said Friday that he supports the nuclear agreement with Iran, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the Anadolu Agency.

"King Salman expressed his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 countries," read a joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and the U.S. after King Salman's visit to President Barack Obama in White House.

"Once fully implemented, [JCPOA] will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and thereby enhance security in the region," the statement said, according to the White House and Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia, along with some Gulf countries, were worried about the nuclear deal which envisages removal of sanction on Iran.

The Kingdom was hesitant about Iran's possible rise of influence in the Middle East, but King Salman had assurance from the U.S. on Friday that would eliminate such concerns.

"The two parties affirmed the need to continue efforts to maintain security, prosperity and stability in the region and in particular to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities," the statement said.

Moreover, the two countries agreed to strengthen closer defense and security cooperation on counter-terrorism, maritime security, cybersecurity, ballistic missile defense, and noted the ongoing military cooperation between the two countries in confronting Daesh militants.

King Salman and President Obama also discussed climate change. The two leaders agreed to cooperate against global challenges and to have a successful outcome at the UN's international climate change conference to be held in Paris in December.

The conference aims to achieve a legally binding international agreement, although the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which tried to reduce greenhouse emissions, was not ratified by all countries throughout the world, including the U.S.

However, Obama considers climate change as a significant issue, as he called for world leaders to make faster progress during his visit to the U.S. state Alaska on Monday.

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