President Barack Obama vowed to back Gulf allies, offering assurances of Washington's iron-clad commitment to their security amid anxiety over possible Iran deal. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After hosting a rare summit at Camp David U.S. President Barack Obama vows to back Gulf allies against any "external attack," seeking to reassure them of Washington's iron-clad commitment to their security amid anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S.PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "I am reaffirming our iron-clad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners." He said Iran was a top topic of the meetings. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S.PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We spent considerable time discussing Iran. I updated our Gulf partners on the negotiations toward a comprehensive deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and I'm pleased that here at Camp David, we agree that a comprehensive, verifiable solution that fully addresses the regional and international concerns about Iran's nuclear program, is in the international...is in the security interests of the international community, including our GCC partners." The Gulf leaders stopped short of endorsing a framework for a nuclear deal reached early last month that would offer sanctions relief in return for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.