US and Russia have agreed to provide support for Gulf Arab states to fight against the armed group ISIS.
US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha on Monday. Mr. Kerry had a meeting with the GCC foreign ministers and said that we have agreed to implement a peace accord that would contribute to the region’s security.
Apparently, Gulf countries feared that the regional balance of power might be tilting towards Iran, as the historic nuclear deal signed by the US and Iran last month. However, the visit of John Kerry has assured the Gulf Arab counties about the power balance in the Middle East.
In July this year, six world powers agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in return for restraints on its uranium enrichment program. The United States and its allies suspected the program is directed at making an atomic bomb, although Iran said it is for peaceful energy only.
Russian Foreign Minister said that any U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government army would complicate attempts to fight Islamic State and other armed groups in Syria.
“Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group is the main danger in Syria and neighboring Iraq and that is why Moscow supported the government of both countries,” Mr. Lavrov said, who also met with U.S. Secretary of State and Saudi Foreign Minister in Doha on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, United States decided to allow air strikes to defend moderate rebels trained by the U.S. military from any kind of attack.
Russia is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Russian authorities are hoping for a settlement to Syria’s war through dialogue. Moscow has been trying to form an alliance between Syrian government and regional states, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey to overcome the IS rebel fighters. IMAGE/ibtimes