U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tameem bin Hamad Al Thani while hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at Camp David in Maryland May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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The United States and its Gulf allies agree that a nuclear deal with Iran is in their security interests, U.S. President Barack Obama and officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council member states said in a joint statement Thursday.Obama said he assured leaders of Gulf nations that the Washington would stand by them against outside attacks, following "candid" talks about Iran, ISIS militants and other regional issues.While Obama met with the Gulf officials, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.At Camp David, Obama and other American officials spent the day seeking to reassure Gulf allies of Washington's commitment to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about U.S. efforts to broker the nuclear deal with Iran.
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