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GCC official: Camp David 'exceeded' expectations

A senior Arab official says the Gulf Cooperation Council is pleased at US assurances of a “strategic partnership” and calls on Iran to “modify its behavior” toward the region in the wake of a likely nuclear deal.
U.S. President Barack Obama greets Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani while hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at Camp David in Maryland May 14, 2015.  
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WASHINGTON — The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) may not have gotten what they wanted from the Obama administration this week, but they appear to have gotten some of what they need.

GCC Assistant Secretary-General Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg said at a news conference May 15 that the Camp David summit “exceeded the expectations of most of us” by reassuring GCC states of an “unequivocal” commitment to their security. President Barack Obama also stressed, Aluwaisheg said, that an impending nuclear deal with Iran does not represent a “pivot” toward Tehran.

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