British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized on Tuesday the role played by Iran in the region.
The Mullah's regime seeks to destabilize the region, May said in an interview to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on the sidelines of her participation in the annual gathering of the six oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), now held in Bahrain.
“We are fully committed to work with our partners in the Gulf to help them preserve their security,” May stated, adding: “We acknowledge concerns across the Gulf over Iran’s policies which destabilize the region and we firmly support Gulf States against any Iranian interference in their internal affairs.”
She further voiced hope that her visit would open a new chapter of relations between the UK and Gulf countries.
She noted that she had two conversations with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump since his election, and that they were both fully committed to maintaining strong relations between the UK and the United States, in particular in the fields of defense and security.
May said: “This year, we celebrate the passing of 200 years since the establishment of relations between the United Kingdom and Bahrain, as well as a century of ties with Saudi Arabia.”
“However, over the past few years, relations between us did not seem as strong as our long history together – and I would like to change that,” she added.