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Take firm stance against Iran, Saudi asks Arab League By
March 22 2018, 07:44 | Irvin Gilbert
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"The decision of the Arab League on Iranian intervention today was historical and sends a clear message on the effectiveness of joint Arab action", Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said late on Sunday.
The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said that Qatar's crisis is small matter and there are more important matters to attend to. He said that Arab League was not asking the Security Council to meet, but they were "just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution [against Iran]".
In Beirut on Monday, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions.
"Saudi Arabia has succeeded through pressure as well as extensive political and propagandistic hue and cry to have a statement that is full of lies and distortions be issued in the name of foreign ministers of the Arab League", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said Monday, according to Iran's semi-official Press TV.
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.
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia, he added, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari also did not attend the meeting. The country was represented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League, instead.
"The Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and are pushing the region toward a risky precipice", Abul Gheit added.
The two regional powers - Saudi Arabia and Iran - have made Syria another battleground in their proxy war between Sunnis and Shiites.
"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.
Hizbollah, which was formed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and still receives financial and militarily assistance from Tehran, fought Israel's occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s.