Arab Gulf states and Israel agree extending a U.N. arms embargo against Iran is of critical importance, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, after announcing his country’s intention to introduce a resolution at the Security Council.
“Countries in the Middle East from the Gulf to Israel support extending the arms embargo,” Pompeo tweeted Sunday. “It is deeply important to every one of them. Arabs and Israelis are speaking with one voice and the Security Council must listen.”
Countries in the Middle East from the Gulf to Israel support extending the arms embargo. It is deeply important to every one of them. Arabs and Israelis are speaking with one voice and the Security Council must listen. pic.twitter.com/VjHlJJRI7B
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 9, 2020
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar, over the weekend sent a letter to the Security Council urging the current embargo be extended after its October 15 expiration date.
“The GCC Secretary-General pointed out that Iran has continued to proliferate conventional weapons and arm terrorist and sectarian organizations and movements throughout the region,” the letter signed by GCC Secretary-General Nayef Al-Hajra stated.
Tehran “has not desisted from armed interventions in neighboring countries, directly and through organizations and movements armed and trained by Iran,” the letter went on.
“As such, it is inappropriate to lift the restrictions on conventional weapons’ movement to and from Iran until it abandons its destabilizing activities in the region and ceases to provide weapons to terrorist and sectarian organizations.”
The embargo is “imperative to ensure and preserve peace and stability in this region,” the GCC concluded.
Pompeo applauded the GCC’s “bold statement” and announced the U.S.’ intention to introduce a U.N. resolution this week to call for the embargo extension “after years of diplomacy.”
“The council must choose between arming terrorists or standing by the Gulf,” Pompeo declared.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, retweeted the GCC statement and wrote: “these countries’ voices must be heard as Iran continues to proliferate conventional weapons and arm terrorists. Common sense must prevail.”
Important news: The Gulf Cooperation Council @GCC sent an urgent letter imploring the @UN Security Council to extend the Iran arms embargo. These countries' voices must be heard as Iran continues to proliferate conventional weapons & arm terrorists. Common sense must prevail. https://t.co/oUQnGQeEBX
— Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbUN) August 9, 2020