Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir arrives for a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo

After the meeting, Arab countries said they would address the United Nations security council's president to clarify Iranian breaches of a resolution on Tehran's ballistic missiles programme.

This month alone, Saudi Arabia and its allies have accused Iran of having a hand in the attempted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh; an alleged Hezbollah assassination plot that supposedly compelled pro-Saudi Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to flee to Saudi Arabia and resign amid unclear circumstances; and an explosion and fire at a major oil pipeline in Bahrain.

Led by an increasingly militant Saudi Arabia, most of the Arab League condemned actions taken in the region by Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, but the three countries most affected by the war against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) did not sign on.

Nasrallah denounced an Arab League statement issued by Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday which described Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and blamed the Shiite group of supporting "terrorist groups" across the region and supplying them with weapons, including ballistic missiles.

In what is perhaps the only concrete measure, the ministers said Arab telecommunications satellites would ban Iranian-financed television stations for what they said was their fomenting of sectarian and ethnic tensions and because they posed a threat to Arab security.

While not mentioning Iran by name, he said Lebanon condemned all attacks against Arab nations, but blamed exploitable inter-Arab divisions that allowed worldwide and regional powers to promote their interests.

Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah
Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah

Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil -a member of the Hizbollah-allied Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese president's son-in-law - did not attend the Cairo meeting.

Hariri is now in Paris, where he arrived on Saturday after spending 13 says in Saudi Arabia.

Zarif added that Iran was also working towards a truce in Syria, while the Saudis accused Tehran of destabilizing the region and escalating the crisis. He alleged, "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a unsafe abyss".

Lebanese president Michel Aoun, a Hizbollah ally, said Lebanon can not accept suggestions that its government is a partner in acts of terrorism. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been rocky since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

"We want to hold everyone responsible", Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said during the deliberations.

Iranian forces have played a key role in backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in its war against the rebels and ISIS.



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