Saudi FM Denies Ties With Israel

Nov 21, 2017, 00:52
Saudi FM Denies Ties With Israel

"This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League", the source said.

The House of Saud has been losing ground in the multi-religious Mediterranean state, and the Bahraini foreign minister at the Arab League summit called Lebanon's Hezbollah militia "Iran's longest arm in the region".

On Sunday Arab League members adopted a resolution saying they would hold the "terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah. responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries, with modern weapons and ballistic missiles".

Saudi Arabia asked Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday to condemn what Riyadh and its allies see as Iran's meddling in Arab affairs and its alleged support for militias in the region, according to Arab diplomats.

In a statement that party called on Arab states to "support the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people" and urged them to work together to solve their differences through dialogue.

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Earlier Abul Gheit told Lebanon's National News Agency that "Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it. from any dispute".

At the end of their meeting, held on Sunday upon an invitation from Saudi Arabia, the ministers denounced the launch of an Iranian-made ballistic missile by the Houthi movement in Yemen against King Khaled bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Riyadh earlier in November, as well as the bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain.

Unsurprisingly, any Saudi-penned proposals are likely to fall on deaf ears in Tehran, with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing Saudi Arabia of "warmongering" and "sowing discord" during a different summit with Turkey and Russian Federation in Antalya.

"We will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's aggression", Riyadh's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said in public remarks to the assembled officials.

After French intervention, Hariri flew to France and met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.

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Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage.

"No man from Lebanese Hezbollah had any part in the firing of this missile or any missiles fired previously", Nasrallah said.

The Cairo meeting was not attended by Lebanese foreign minister Gerban Basil.

A source close to Hariri said that meeting aimed to "continue the series of Arab and global consultations".

Sunni Muslim Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have had no diplomatic ties since January 2016 and back opposing sides in several regional conflicts, including the wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as the Lebanese issue.

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Gheit emphasized that the liberation of the region from violence and sectarianism is based on changing Iran's approach to the Arab world.