Remarks Before the Gulf Cooperation Council Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Four Seasons Hotel
Manama, Bahrain
April 7, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Mr. Foreign Minister, thank you very much. Let me just say to all of our friends and colleagues from the GCC, I’m very, very pleased to be here. I’m very grateful to all of you for being able to arrange to join us in Bahrain. Thank you very much, Khalid, for your generous hospitality here today. And I’d just say to everybody we’ve been very unified and extremely productive over the course of the last year-plus where we have dealt with the Iran nuclear agreement, dealt with the challenging behavior of Iran and others in the region.

And tonight we have a lot to talk about. We’ve already begun our conversation. We spent a fair amount of time formally a moment ago on one topic. But we have a chance to be able to make progress and move forward in establishing peace in Yemen, we are making progress through everybody’s efforts in Libya, and we’re making progress against Daesh. But we have a number of things to talk about tonight.

So this is an important meeting and I’m very, very grateful to everybody for taking the time to be here and look forward. We’ll meet with the press afterwards when we’ve concluded our discussions. Thank you.