Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah

Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Pushing for War
Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah
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21 November, 2017

Bahrain s foreign minister said Sunday that Lebanon is under the "total control" of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, in a speech at an Arab League meeting called by Riyadh.

Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, urged strong action by the Arab League against Iran.

On Sunday Arab League members adopted a resolution saying they would hold the "terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah. responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries, with modern weapons and ballistic missiles".

The ministers, according to the final statement, said they supported any action to be taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its national security, within the boundaries of worldwide legitimacy. Saudi Arabia subsequently accused Hezbollah and Iran as being behind the attack.

After French intervention, Hariri flew to France and met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.

Mr Hariri said this month in Riyadh that he was resigning as Lebanon's prime minister because of Iran's "grip" on his country and fears of assassination.

Iran on Monday dismissed as "worthless" a resolution by Arab League foreign ministers that accused the Islamic republic of "aggression" against Arab states.

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Earlier in the day, Iran's foreign Minister Javad Zarif told state media in Antalya, a Turkish resort city, on the sidelines of a meeting with his Russian and Trukish counterparts, "Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences and because of this they don't see any results other than divisions".

Riyadh and Tehran have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East, including Yemen and Syria - where Iran-backed Hizbollah militiamen are fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.

Mr Aoun said he would not accept Mr Hariri's resignation until it is delivered in person amid calls for his speedy return.

The meeting was chaired by Djibouti's Foreign Minister and current chairman of the Arab Council of Foreign Ministers, Mahmoud Ali Yusuf, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo and was attended by 15 ministers and six ministerial representatives.

According to Marwan Bishara, a senior political analyst has said that Saudi Arabia had convened the Cairo meeting in a bid to "consolidate its position in a divided Arab region". Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

Gheit emphasized that the liberation of the region from violence and sectarianism is based on changing Iran's approach to the Arab world.


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