Arab League leaders slam Iran amid regional tensions

Some of the threats that Jubeir mentioned include the Iranian threat to Arab national security, the fights against terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Libya, Yemen's stability, internal development, implementing Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia and reform.

During the meeting Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa was quite vocal against Hezbollah saying it was "in total control" of Lebanon. Iran, along with the US-led global coalition, has been a major supporter of Baghdad in its war against ISIS.

According to the members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition and the invocation by Saudi Arabia of paragraph 14 of resolution 2216, which allows United Nations member states to take measures to prevent the transfer of military goods to Houthis, is allegedly an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians.

Addressing a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the pan-Arab organization needed to take a decision to be "non-compromising" in dealing with Iran.

Further afield, Iran has been backing Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based Shiite militia, as well as a collection of Iranian-linked Shiite militias - from places like Iraq and Afghanistan - that have been fighting on the Syrian government's side.

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.


Speaking before Al-Jubeir at the 20-minute session broadcast live, Aboul-Gheit, the Arab league chief, was just as critical of Iran as the Saudi minister.

Hariri flew to Paris Saturday and vowed to return to Lebanon to attend celebrations marking the country's independence day on November 22. 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.

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

The source added, "Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not be present".

While the Arab foreign ministers deliberated in Cairo, Iran's growing power across the region was on display in Syria. The Syrian government, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, was replaced by the pro-rebel Syrian National Coalition in the Arab League in 2013, but the Syrian seat was again vacated in 2014.


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