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UK PM to reiterate importance of Iran deal to Gulf

December 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from Downing street in London, United Kingdom [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will reiterate the importance of the Iran deal struck last year during her speech at the GCC Summit in Bahrain.

Speaking today, May plans to stress that the Iran nuclear deal has in fact “neutralised” Tehran’s capabilities of acquiring nuclear weapons.

“So I want to assure you that I am clear-eyed about the threat that Iran poses to the Gulf and the wider Middle East; and the UK is fully committed to our strategic partnership with the Gulf and working with you to counter that threat,” Theresa May plans to say in her speech.

Theresa May is the first British Prime Minister and the first woman to attend the annual summit of the six GCC states.

Her attendance to the GCC summit marks Britain’s attempt to strengthen its relations with other parts of the world, after the British vote to leave the European Union.

Forging trade and defence are of particular importance to her agenda.

She has come under intense criticisms within the UK for her endorsement of regimes with low human rights records.