The typically anti-Iranian Saudi newspaper Al-Okaz claimed that Tehran had received a prize free of charge: "There are many documents highlighting Saudi concerns that the deal would signify a prize for a regime that does not respect the basic value of being a good neighbor, and is constantly intervening in regional conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen."
Another Saudi newspaper, Al-Watan, wrote that releasing the financial pressure caused by the sanctions would have disastrous consequences. The paper added that in a polarized world in which Obama and his government surrendered to Iran, the Gulf States must look for new alliances.
The inter-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Aswat, which goes to press in London, tried to present Iran as the loser, in that most of its original demands were not met: "Disregard the propaganda in the Iranian media," the paper's editor, Salman Ah-Dusri, wrote. The stance was reflected by Kuwaiti papers as well.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Ahbar, which serves as Hezbollah's de facto news outlet, celebrated the Iranian achievement. The paper's headline was written in Farsi: "We Can," similar to the slogan used by Khomeini in his revolt against the shah, which led to the Islamic Revolution in Iran. "Iran won the nuclear battle," the paper wrote, "Arab excitement and Israeli hysteria."
The Lebanese paper As-Safir, closely linked to Hezbollah, bore the headline: "40 years of nuclear struggle: Iran wins."
The Syrian newspaper Al- Watan, which is linked to the Syrian regime, said: "After the firm stance of the Iranian people, the defensive battle of the Syrian people, the heroic actions of Hezbollah, and brave positions of Russia and China – this is a victory for the path of resistance."