The National quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia:

But analysts are doubtful that the negotiations will be successful by their deadline in May and Mr Obama will have a much more difficult task of convincing Gulf allies as well as Israel and the US Congress to allow them to continue.

“I think it’s good to not overstate the possibility of the Iranians making the necessary decisions themselves to make these negotiations a success that would allow them to re-enter the international community,” said Richard LeBaron, a former US ambassador to Kuwait and now an expert on US-Gulf relations at the Atlantic Council think tank.


“Times have changed and we’re going to have to figure out a way to develop a way to communicate and a way to act and work together that reflects those changing times,” Mr LeBaron said.

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