Washington’s efforts to start a dialogue with Iran have sent ripples of alarm through the capitals of America’s closest Arab allies, who accuse Teheran of playing a destabilizing role in the Middle East.
The concerns being raised by Arab leaders sound strikingly like those coming from the mouths of Israeli officials.
“We hope that any dialogue between countries will not come at our expense,” said a statement Tuesday by the six oil-rich nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, who have long relied on US protection in the region.
The Obama administration has been reaching out to Iran in a marked shift after shunning contacts for decades. But US allies such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as well as Israel, say Teheran is not a positive force in the region with its support for Islamic terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbullah.