Saudi Arabia, Arab allies to hold Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Yuval Steinitz Israel’s energy minister said that “connection with the moderate Arab world helps us to block Iran”

Yuval Steinitz Israel’s energy minister said that “connection with the moderate Arab world helps us to block Iran”ABED OMAR REUTERS

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.

Saudi Arabia allege Iran of instigating and supporting Yemen's Houthis and opposition groups in Bahrain where Saudi forces were "helping" Al-Khalifa regime to crush the "protesters" and even denying them right to practice their religion.

The Iranian minister posted his tweet following a new round of talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, respectively.

The meeting was chaired by Djibouti's Foreign Minister and current chairman of the Arab Council of Foreign Ministers, Mahmoud Ali Yusuf, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo and was attended by 15 ministers and six ministerial representatives.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told Reuters last week the kingdom's actions in the Middle East were only a response to what he called the "aggression" of Iran.

In a statement attributed to Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoub, Baghdad said Monday the parts of the Arab League resolution that referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization were "inconsistent with the clear and absolute Iraqi position in defining terrorism realistically and accurately".

Saudi Arabia and members of Hariris Future Movement have denied reports that he is under house arrest.

Hariri flew to Paris Saturday and vowed to return to Lebanon to attend celebrations marking the country's independence day on November 22.

Iran "supplied the Houthi militias with all types of weapons ... which enabled them to overrun the country's capital and on their way detonate residences, schools, places of worship and public and private facilities", Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi said.

Lebanese president Michel Aoun, a Hizbollah ally, said Lebanon can not accept suggestions that its government is a partner in acts of terrorism.

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.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Jibran Bassil was absent and was instead represented by Lebanon's permanent representative to the Arab League, Antoine Azzam.

He stressed that "no one is accusing the Lebanese government of terrorism".

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Both countries have recently announced about achieving major successes in their fight against terrorist groups with Wahabi ideology. Israel had also admitted providing medical support to the "civilians" injured in Syria.

Saudi Arabia subsequently expressed its anger at Hezbollah, which maintains close ties with Iran.

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