Egypt said Wednesday it wants Arab countries to have a role in decisions about amending the nuclear treaty with Iran from which US President Donald Trump withdrew the day before.
In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it has followed the US decision closely, and that it sees a need to preserve the “security and stability of the region.”
Egypt said it was important that all concerned Arab parties participate in any dialogue on the future situation in the region, in particular the possibility of amending the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Cairo called “on all regional powers, including Iran, to stop adopting policies or actions against the security of the Arab region,” adding that it “hopes that the current developments will not result in any armed conflicts in the region.”
Trump abruptly withdrew from the deal Tuesday and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran which will come into effect within six months.
While Iran’s arch foes Israel and Saudi Arabia welcomed Trump’s decision, other signatories to the existing deal — Russia, China and the European Union — vowed to stick by it.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani accused Trump of “psychological warfare” and said Iran could resume uranium enrichment “without limit” but that it would discuss its response with other parties to the deal before announcing a decision.
The US exit from the deal came amid spiraling tensions between Israel and Iran surrounding Iranian efforts to establish a military presence in Syria. Tehran has said it will avenge deadly air strikes against targets in Syria that have been attributed to Israel. Jerusalem has vowed to prevent Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria, fearing Iran could use the positions to launch rocket attacks on Israel.