DUBAI (Reuters) – The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has asked the United Nations to extend a worldwide arms embargo on Iran, a move pressed strongly by the United States.
The secretariat of the GCC, comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, said in a statement on Sunday that Iran’s ongoing interference in neighbouring countries made an extension essential.
The arms embargo on Iran is currently set to end on Oct. 18 under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear handle world powers, which Washington stopped in2018
The demand, in a letter to the United Nations, is a show of unity from the GCC. In mid-2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed political, trade and transport ties with Qatar over allegations it had actually been supporting terrorism and cosying as much as Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
” It is improper to lift constraints on the supply of weapons from and to Iran till Iran quits its destabilising activities in the area and stops providing terrorist and sectarian organisations with weapons,” a statement from GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf stated.
If the United States is unsuccessful in extending the embargo, it has actually threatened to activate a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran under a process concurred in the 2015 offer.
The U.S.-drafted resolution requires at least nine votes in favour to force Russia and China to utilize their vetoes, which Moscow and Beijing have actually signalled they will do. Some diplomats question whether Washington can even secure those 9, nevertheless.
Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Nick Macfie