Iran, Lebanon reject Arab League criticism as tensions mount

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2017

"Iranian regime has adopted a sectarian policy and empowered itself with the nuclear deal [signed in 2015 between Tehran and several world powers]", said Aboul Gheit during a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo convened after a request made last week by Saudi Arabia.

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. Regional conflicts in these countries often see Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shia-majority Iran supporting different factions that are often split down religious lines. He also briefed them of the meeting he held with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and their discussion of regional and worldwide developments and efforts to achieve peace and security in the world.

He also warned that Saudi will not stand idly by in the face of the Iranian "aggression".

It will over vote in favor of the Arab residents of the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights and their right to benefit from its natural resources.

Members of Lebanon's Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement salute behind the coffins of three comrades killed in combat in Syria during their funeral in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh, November 8.

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

The comments came during increasing tension between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, after the unprecedented resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri from Riyadh.

The United States is warning Americans travelling to Saudi Arabia about the risk of ballistic missile attacks from neighbouring Yemen.

Saudi officials have said in recent weeks that they would consider the Lebanese government hostile if Hezbollah joins any future government. The IRGC chief said recently that Iran has no access to provide arms to Yemen as the country is besieged by Saudi Arabia.

Following Sunday's Arab League session, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah thanked the Lebanese government Monday for its position and rhetorically asked the foreign ministers who opposed his organization what they contributed to the fight against ISIS. "And when Syrians were beheaded by ISIS?".

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