“We have had a lot of accords and promises from them in the past. Now, we hope to see a corrective process with this deal.”
The disclosure that senior U.S. officials held secret bilateral talks with Iranian counterparts in nike shoes recent months to prepare for the nuclear agreement may exacerbate Gulf Arab rulers’ fears that Washington is willing to go behind their backs to do a deal with Iran.
Many Gulf Arabs suspect that the commercial imperatives that have driven decades of U.S. engagement with them are similar to those driving U.S. outreach to Tehran – business.
“The U.S. has its interests – Iran is a lucrative market. Iranians need a lot of infrastructure for rebuilding that could generate billions of dollars for U.S. and U.K. oil companies,” said Abdullatif al-Mulhim, a retired Saudi navy commodore and now a newspaper commentator.
In addition, some Gulf Arabs fret that a United States increasingly self reliant in energy thanks to domestic shale gas might be less committed to guarding the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow artery through whichshop nike free 40 percent of global sea-borne oil exports pass.
Sami al-Faraj, a security adviser to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said Gulf Arab governments would now work diplomatically and on the security level to ensure they were adequately protected against any resurgent Iranian ambitions.
Gulf Arabs felt slighted by the deal, he suggested.
“Iran is sitting at the high table. We are left with the leftovers.”
He added: “We will acquire more weapons…We are going to check if our shopping list is adequate free run to respond to this.”
“We are going to rally other nations that are hurt by this action into a unified diplomatic campaign,” Fajr said.
Warming U.S.-Iranian relations could help Assad in Syria.
Some analysts speculate that Washington’s need to protect what could become one of its few diplomatic achievements in the region will mean that it will do whatever it needs to keep the Iranian nike free run thaw on track.
“Now, the U.S. is even less likely to put serious pressure on Iran over their support of the Assad regime during the negotiations,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha think-tank.