Saudi Cabinet ‘welcomes’ Iran’s framework nuclear deal
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet says it welcomes the framework agreement between major world powers and Iran on its nuclear program.
The Council of Ministers said in a statement issued after Monday’s weekly cabinet session that it hopes a final agreement would be reached, leading to greater regional security and stability.
King Salman expressed similar sentiments Thursday in a phone conversation with President Barack Obama, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
In a reference to the kingdom’s regional rival Iran, the Cabinet said stability and security require non-interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
The statement added that the kingdom seeks a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction — a clear reference to Israel, which is overwhelmingly considered to possess nuclear arms but declines to confirm it.