Arab League Urges UN To Address Iran's Aggressions Against Arab Countries

Arab League Urges UN To Address Iran's Aggressions Against Arab Countries

State media quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as calling on Saudi Arabia to stop its "barbaric attacks" on Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Tehran-backed rebels since March 2015. Arab foreign ministers gathered at Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged "violations" committed by Iran in the region, but the foreign ministers of Lebanon, Iraq and Syria were not in attendance. "We want to hold countries where Hezbollah is a partner in government responsible, specifically Lebanon". The group then issued a statement accusing Iran of pursuing aggressive policies against Arab states, and deeming Lebanon's Hezbollah Shiite resistance movement a "terrorist organization".

The cabinet also address Saudi Arabia's assertion to the United Nations of its firm stance on the Palestinian conflict, which is the primary cause of the Arab and Muslim people.

This latest flare up between Saudi Arabia and Iran was sparked by a November 4 incident in which Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh's global airport.

But Straw - who took part in negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme in the early 2000s - advised it best to accept the realities of groups like Lebanon's Hezbollah and Palestine's Hamas.

On 4 November, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri resigned while in Riyadh over what he described as Iranian interference in his country and direct threats to his life.

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Saudi officials have said in recent weeks that they would consider the Lebanese government hostile if Hezbollah joins any future government.

Iran has categorically dismissed the claims that it had provided missiles to Yemen.

It's not clear whether Sunday's Arab League meeting will translate into concrete action.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed said Tuesday that Iran is targeting the Arab countries to bring them down, and subsequently control them.

While the Arab foreign ministers deliberated in Cairo, Iran's growing power across the region was on display in Syria. With backing from the Syrian military, Hezbollah coincided its assault with the Lebanese armed forces to expel ISIS from Lebanon's restive Syrian border in August.

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