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Zarif: Saudi Destabilization Accusations against Iran "Irony"

Zarif: Saudi Destabilization Accusations against Iran

"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation.is under the total control of this terrorist party", said Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, referring to the powerful Shiite movement.

He called on countries such as Lebanon "where Hezbollah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility".

The official said Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wanted to avoid any potential confrontation with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies at the meeting, over the regional role of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Commenting on the Bahraini foreign minister's statement, American University of Beirut professor Rami Khouri told CNN that "Hezbollah is certainly the single most powerful political group in Lebanon, where governance requires complex consensus building in which Hezbollah is clearly preeminent". The visit to Cairo takes lace within the framework of Hariri's "consultations" with "Arab allies", Pan-Arab television news network Al Jazeera says.

"Firing the ballistic missiles toward Riyadh and the bombing of oil pipeline in Bahrain are all risky developments emanating from the Iranian agenda", Al-Mekhlafi continued. The meeting was held at the behest of Saudi Arabia amid heightened tension with Iran over developments in Lebanon and ongoing war against Yemen.

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

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain also held a separate meeting ahead of the main session to discuss a unified stance against Iran. President Michel Aoun, has refused to accept Hariri's resignation and accused Saudi Arabia of holding him against his will. Hariri and Saudi Arabia deny the allegations.

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"Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles", he said, in reference to the failed missile attack on Riyadh from Yemen earlier this month, which the Saudis believe was ordered by Tehran.

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

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

While the Cairo meeting produced a display of unity, Saudi Arabia was largely preaching to the choir.

Lebanon was among the countries that voted in favour of the Arab League resolution, except for the points in which Hizbollah was mentioned. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning.

"Stopping them requires a joint Arab policy".



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