"I am reaffirming our ironclad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners," Obama said at the end of the conclusion of day-long meetings with leaders of Gulf Co-operation Council countries on Thursday. In a joint statement issued after the summit, US said it is prepared to work jointly with GCC member states to deter and confront an external threat to any GCC state's territorial integrity that is inconsistent with the UN charter.

"In the event of such aggression or the threat of such aggression, the United States stands ready to work with our GCC partners to urgently determine what actions may be appropriate, using the means at our collective disposal, including the potential use of military force for the defence of our GCC partners. And let me underscore, the US keeps our commitments," he said.

"To back up our words with deeds, we will increase our already extensive security cooperation. We will expand our military exercises and assistance to meet the full range of threats, in particular, terrorism," Obama said.

“This means more training and cooperation between our special operations forces, sharing more information and stronger border security to prevent the flow of foreign fighters and increased enforcement to prevent terrorist financing," said the US President.
    
"We will work together to develop an integrated GCC defence capability against ballistic missiles, including an early warning system, and we will work toward the development of rapid response capabilities to undertake missions such as counter-terrorism and peacekeeping," he said.

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