U.S. President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya

Al Arabiya, By Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, May 15

The White House Map Room – Q Mr. President, thank you very much for your time.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be with you. Thank you.

Q You concluded the summit. Was it successful? Were there any sticking points that either you or your government did not achieve?

THE PRESIDENT: I think it was very successful. And the intentions here were to deepen and broaden what is already an excellent relationship between the GCC countries and the United States.

Obviously, we have a whole range of bilateral security arrangements with the various GCC countries. We’ve consulted and worked with them on a range of regional challenges. But I thought the time was ripe for us to be able to come together as a group, to talk face-to-face about a wide range of these issues, and then to put forward very specific plans in terms of how we can address them.

So the joint statement that we issued I think reflected the wide range of topics that were discussed. We discussed the important security assurances that I had delivered publicly in venues like the United Nations and had discussed privately, but I think it was important for them, at a time when there’s so much chaos in the region, for the GCC members to hear that the United States is committed, if they are subject to external attack or the threat of attack, to work with the GCC to deter such attacks and to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the GCC countries.

We also talked about the joint work that we have to do to counter violent extremism in a whole range of areas, from ending the financing of terrorist organizations to improving intelligence, to what kinds of capabilities — for example, maritime security or cybersecurity — that are needed. And some of these areas are ones where it’s better if we do them together in integrated fashion.

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  • Obama & Gulf States summit: Party time with Wahhabi Atlanticists

    RT, By Pepe Escobar, May 16

    US President Barack Obama’s GCC summit at Camp David this week looked like a better fit for the annals of surrealism than geopolitics.

    The GCC petrodollar racket – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman – was screaming for a “security deal” with Washington similar to the “special relationship” with Israel. Well, that won’t happen because it would require US congressional approval, a no-no considering the Israel lobby runs the overwhelming majority of the US Congress.

    So their next best option was to scream to get a kind of formal NATO alliance; well, that is almost the case, as in the war on Libya, which was a de facto NATO-GCC operation. Call it Wahhabi-Atlanticism.

    In the end, what they will certainly get is loads more expensive American weapons. Indeed, this is already the case – a bonanza for the industrial-military complex – plus stacks of American trainers.

    As for the extra bonus, that’s unlikely. They were also screaming for an iron clad, missile defense-style, shield to protect them from “Iranian aggression.” This is nonsense. Assuming a nuclear deal is clinched in late July between Iran and the P5+1 – of supreme interest to the EU, China and Russia – Tehran will not only be “normalized” in the West, but will receive a massive influx of funds as soon as sanctions are lifted.

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