Monday, November 13, 2017

Arab League to discuss Iran

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss alleged "violations" committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum seen by AFP on Sunday.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, said the document.
Tensions have been rising between regional Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent months, including over League members Qatar and Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all severed relations with Qatar in June over its ties with Iran as well as allegations that it supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.
Last week, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a speech he gave from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah as one of the reasons for his decision.
Following his announcement, Saudi Arabia, which is Iran's regional rival, said that Lebanonhad declared war against it because of “aggression” against the Kingdom by Hezbollah.
According to Sunday's memo, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile the Sunni-ruled kingdom says its air defenses intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.
A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, and it has accused the Iran-backed rebels of firing the missile.
Iran has denies any involvement in the missile attack, with President Hassan Rouhani warning that the Islamic Republic's "might" would fend off any challenge.
In the memo, according to AFP, Saudi Arabia also decried what it described as "sabotage" and "terrorism" over a pipeline fire in Bahrain on Friday that temporarily halted oil supplies from its territory.
Bahrain's foreign minister blamed Iran for the fire.
In its request for the meeting of Arab foreign ministers, Saudi Arabia referred to those two incidents "in addition to the violations committed by Iran in the Arab region, which undermines security and peace, not only in the Arab region, but around the globe," according to the memo.