Obama promises to bolster U.S. military cooperation with Arab Gulf states

The White House. Credit: Matt H. Wade via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) President Barack Obama promised to bolster America’s military cooperation with its Arab allies at a U.S.-hosted summit for Arab leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 

The White House said in a statement after the summit that the U.S. is prepared to “work jointly with the GCC states” to “deter and confront external threat,” including through the use of military force.

The statement added that the U.S. and the Arab nations promised to “enhance” cooperation in “security cooperation, counter-terrorism, maritime security, cybersecurity, and ballistic missile defense.”

A number of prominent Arab leaders—including King Salman of Saudi Arabia—did not attend the summit in an apparent sign of displeasure with Obama’s Middle East policies, particularly regarding the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers.

Posted on May 15, 2015 .