Take firm stance against Iran, Saudi asks Arab League By
- Author: Jon Douglas Nov 21, 2017,
Nov 21, 2017, 0:18
The proposed resolution warns Iran against maintaining its current policy path and demands Arab diplomats push for a UN Security Council meeting in order to discuss "threats" posed by Iran, according to the diplomats.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia alleged Iran for supplying long range missiles to Houthi Ansarallah in Yemen, who had recently conducted attack on Riyadh airport.
Some of the threats he mentioned include the Iranian threat to Arab national security, the fight against terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Libya, yemen's stability, internal development and implementation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia.
Reacting to the emergency meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, "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".
"This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League", the source said.
Saudi Arabia submitted a draft resolution to Arab foreign ministers Sunday condemning Iranian interference in Arab affairs and Iran's alleged support for militias operating in the region.
Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition fighting the Houthis, with the support of Yemen's exiled internationally recognized government, since 2015 in a stalemated war that has exacerbated a growing humanitarian crisis.
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.
He said that "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss", but gave no details on how Arab states intend to counteract Iran's regional activities.
"Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles", he said.
The draft appears to be in sync with Saudi Arabia's strong stance against Iran since the Houthis fired a missile on November 4.
Hariri is now in Paris, where he arrived on Saturday after spending 13 says in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, he added, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression". He alleged, "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss".
"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation, is under the total control of this terrorist party", Bahrain's Sheikh Ahmed said, referring to Hizbollah.
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.