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British Arab Network Chairman interviewed about President Obama’s Summit for Arab leaders on Mustaqilla TV

14 May 2015, by BritishArab Network - In the Media

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Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman of the British Arab Network, has been interviewed about President Obama’s Camp David Summit for Arab leaders on Mustaqilla TV

Dr. Moustafa said:

“The  Camp David summit will hopefully will reassure the Arab Gulf States about security and dispel any worries and fears from regional threats and the Iran nuclear programme through a clear pledge from the President Obama. The Yemen ceasefire is an opportunity for all parties to take stock to seek peace and creating stability in Yemen. There should be no preconditions from either party. Special efforts for humanitarian support for the Yemeni people should be strengthened. Other hotspots like Syria, Iraq and Libya should be addressed at the Summit.”

Politics | Thu May 14, 2015 7:25pm EDT

Obama vows to ‘stand by’ Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat

President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at Camp David, Obama pledged that the United States would consider using military force to defend them and would also help address Iran’s “destabilizing activities in the region.”

“I am reaffirming our iron-clad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners,” Obama told a closing news conference at the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains outside Washington.

Differences over U.S. policy toward Tehran, Syria’s civil war and the Arab Spring uprisings loomed over the meetings, which were already clouded by the absence of most of the

Gulf’s ruling monarchs, who instead sent lower-level officials.

Saudi King Salman pulled out, sending Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his place in a move widely interpreted as a snub that reflected Gulf frustration with the Obama administration.