The United States and its Gulf allies agree that a nuclear deal with Iran is in their security interests, U.S. President Barack Obama and officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council member states said in a joint statement Thursday.

The countries will work together to counter Iran’s “destabilizing activities” in the region, they said in the statement, which was released after a rare U.S.-GCC summit at the presidential retreat Camp David.

Obama said he assured leaders of Gulf nations that the Washington would stand by them against outside attacks, following “candid” talks about Iran, ISIS militants and other regional issues.

“I was very explicit that the United States will stand by our [Gulf Cooperation Council] partners against external attacks,” said Obama, who hosted the leaders at the Camp David presidential retreat. He said he committed to holding a follow-up summit next year.

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