Symposium says Iran must ensure nuclear programme won’t be weaponised

Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies organise two-day conference.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 13 Dec 2013, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:14 PM

The nuclear agreement with Iran dominated the concluding session of a symposium hosted by Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) on regional security.

The final day of the two-day conference organised by ECSSR and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was opened and chaired by Dean of the College of Social Sciences at Kuwait University Dr Abdel Redha Al Assiri. “The nuclear agreement with Iran and the P5+1 asserted the Gulf countries are peaceful countries and so an agreement with a neighbour was in their nature,” he said on Tuesday. Al Assiri said after three decades, negotiations had achieved more of late as they were reacting to the Arab Spring.

Another speaker was Chairwoman of the Emirates Policy Centre, Dr Ebtesam Al Ketbi, who asserted the environment now is right to adopt an agreement with Iran but Iran must not interfere with GCC issues and cease to threaten the security of water passages.

“Iran would also be required to present guarantees to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the P5+1 that their nuclear programme will not lead to a nuclear weapons programme,” she said.

Al Assiri also said Bashar Al Assad would have to leave but so too would all external forces currently contributing to the destruction of Syria. Chairman of the Political Science Department at Kuwait University, Dr Abdullah Al Shayji, said the GCC was the strongest player in the region.

He concluded that higher coordination is required in the GCC, and alliances are the road to the future. He further suggested the GCC countries will have to look at diversifying their relationships with international actors and emphasised the importance of China after it surpassed the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer.

In his closing remarks, ECSSR’s director-general Dr Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi noted that all the changes and developments taking place in the region now cast a shadow over it, weakening it and turning its priorities from development, peace and prosperity options to arms race, anxiety, and instability options, subjecting those countries to geopolitical agendas and redrawing a new demography in the region.

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