RIYADH: US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Washington and the Arab monarchies of the Gulf were united in their commitment to defeating the Islamic State militant group.
“We remain united in our fight to destroy (IS),” he said in Riyadh at the close of a Gulf Cooperation Council summit.
“Given the ongoing threats in the region the United States will continue to increase our security cooperation with our GCC partners including helping them improve their own capacity to defend themselves,” Obama added.
Obama also said separately that neither the United States nor Arab Gulf nations had an interest in conflict with Iran.
“Even with the nuclear deal we recognise collectively that we continue to have serious concerns about Iranian behaviour”, Obama said.
He referred to Iran’s “destabilising activities” in the region but said: “None of our nations have an interest in conflict with Iran.”