GCC protests 'contradictory' signals from Iran

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GCC protests contradictory signals from Iran
Members of the UN Security Council vote on a resolution on Iran nuclear deal.

Riyadh - GCC chief said Iranian President Hasan Rohani was offering to turn a "new page" with its Arab neighbours while its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had pledged to keep up support for Shia opposition groups.

By AFP


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Published: Wed 22 Jul 2015, 1:35 AM

Last updated: Wed 22 Jul 2015, 10:25 AM

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday protested at what it termed "contradictory" signals coming from Iran since its nuclear accord struck with world powers last week.
GCC chief Abdellatif Zayani said Iranian President Hasan Rohani was offering to turn a "new page" with its Arab neighbours while its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had pledged to keep up support for Shia opposition groups.
Such messages sent out "contradictory" signals, he said in a statement, adding that Khamenei's comments amounted to "unacceptable interference" in the affairs of Arab states.
Khamenei, in a speech on Saturday, said Iran's agreement with world powers would not alter its support for the governments of Syria and Iraq nor its backing of "oppressed people" in Yemen and Bahrain, and the Palestinians.
The speech was contrary to "the principles of good neighbourliness", charged Zayani, vowing that the Arab nations would "continue to defend their interests".
The Gulf countries have reacted with caution to the nuclear deal, believing it will only embolden Tehran's Shia leaders.
 



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