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Arab League leaders slam Iran amid regional tensions

Arab League leaders slam Iran amid regional tensions

Speaking at the meeting Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said his country "will not stand by and will not hesitate to defend its security" in the face of Iranian "aggression". He further said, "Any leniency in dealing with their policies would only encourage them more, so we must stand together", Jubeir said, referring to Iran.

The statement released after the meeting held "the terrorist organization, Hezbollah, a major player in the Lebanese government, responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist groups in Arab countries through providing them with advanced arms and ballistic missiles".

They warned Iran not to interfere in the internal affairs of the region and stressed that Tehran should halt its support for Houthi rebels and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

"With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries", he said, adding that there are a number of contacts that are kept secret.

He stressed that Arab countries were targeted by the ballistic missiles, especially Saudi Arabia, and this is the reason behind its anger.

In a odd coincidence, just moments after we published an article laying out Hezbollah's military power at a time when both Saudi Arabia and Israel appear to be targeting Lebanon, and just two days after we discussed a leaked Israeli cable that confirmed Saudi Arabia and Israel are deliberately coordinating to destabilize the region and push Lebanon to a state of war, Saudi Arabia has ordered its citizens residing in Lebanon to leave immediately in a travel warning issued on Thursday, November 9.

Riyadh's latest effort to ratchet up pressure against its Shiite rival comes after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia earlier in the month.

Arab League leaders slam Iran amid regional tensions
Arab League leaders slam Iran amid regional tensions

Arab foreign ministers gathered at the League's headquarters in Cairo Sunday for an emergency meeting called by Saudi Arabia.

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 stressed that "no one is accusing the Lebanese government of terrorism". President Michel Aoun, has refused to accept Hariri's resignation and accused Saudi Arabia of holding him against his will. Hariri and Saudi Arabia deny the allegations. Israel had also admitted providing medical support to the "civilians" injured in Syria.

Saad Hariri will head to Egypt on Tuesday after the Arab League accused Iran of "aggression" against Arab states.

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".

"The foreign ministers' decision was issued mainly to inform the United Nations and the Security Council of Iran's interference and approach in the Arab world", he added.

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