Sunday, April 23, 2006

Persian Gulf leaders meet May 6 on Iran crisis

Leaders of oil-rich Persian Gulf Arab states will hold their annual mid-year "consultative" summit in Riyadh on May 6 with the Iranian nuclear crisis on the agenda, a Persian Gulf official said Sunday, AFP reported. READ MORE

Heads of state from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will "discuss developments in the Persian Gulf region and Arab world ... including the Iranian nuclear file," the official told AFP, requesting anonymity.

PGCC states are concerned about neighbouring Iraq's endemic violence and the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Tehran insists its nuclear drive is for peaceful purposes and denies US charges that it is secretly trying to obtain atomic weapons.

The May 6 one-day meeting will also discuss the situation in Iraq and the Palestinian territories in addition to economic issues and other aspects of cooperation among PGCC member states, the Persian Gulf official said.

PGCC leaders hold an annual "consultative" summit in addition to a year-end gathering.