Arab League affirms solidarity with KSA's security measures
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 21, 2017,
Nov 21, 2017, 0:17
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. As ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate collapsed, Iran has taken an opportunity to establish closer ties with Baghdad, Beirut and Damascus.
The resolution came amid soaring tensions between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Shia Hezbollah's backer. Lebanon's foreign minister, Gibran Bassil, did not attend, and the Lebanese representative at the meeting expressed reservations over the final communique.
"No man from Lebanese Hezbollah had any part in the firing of this missile or any missiles fired previously", Nasrallah said.
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. Both have denied any involvement in the incident.
Despite being Sunni, Hamas has always been seen as an ally of Iran.
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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.
The premier, who announced his shock resignation in Riyadh on November 4, has been out of the country for more than two weeks.
Hariri flew to Paris Saturday and vowed to return to Lebanon to attend celebrations marking the country's independence day on November 22. Many Lebanese, including President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, have said they believe Hariri resigned under Saudi pressure. It is, however, the first time the Arab League has taken such a strong public stand against Hezbollah.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif described as "ironic" Saudi accusing Tehran of "destabilization".
Saudi Arabia yesterday asked fellow Arab nations to take a "serious and honest" stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on with its "aggression" and "meddling" in the internal affairs of Arab countries, the Associate Press reported yesterday. The town, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, was the last significant population center in Syria to be held by ISIS. 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.