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21 November 2017, 12:15 | Bernice Figueroa
Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir has consistently denied secret talks between his country and Israel Credit KHALED DESOUKI AFP
The foreign ministers of the four Arab states met in the Egyptian capital Sunday ahead of an Arab League meeting later in the day.
"We are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand.to counter these belligerent policies so that we can protect our security", said Al-Jubeir.
They said they planned to "brief" the U.N. Security Council on Iran's destabilizing policies in the region, particularly its support for Shiite rebels in Yemen, with a view to submit at a later stage an anti-Iran Arab resolution.
While not mentioning Iran by name, he said Lebanon condemned all attacks against Arab nations, but blamed exploitable inter-Arab divisions that allowed worldwide and regional powers to promote their interests.
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.
The resolution came amid soaring tensions between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Shiite Hezbollah´s backer.
In a statement the party said it "rejects the description of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement as terrorist".
In addition to the attempted missile strike, which was repelled by Riyadh's anti-missile defense system, the draft resolution notes the bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain as another example of Iranian efforts to undermine regional security.
"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. Iran's backing for militias such as Hezbollah have helped defeat ISIS, but have also greatly expanded Iran's foothold in the region, incurring the wrath of Saudi Arabia.
Both Iraq and Lebanon were represented at the meeting by senior diplomats, not their foreign ministers. He alleged, "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss".
The League ministers affirmed Riyadh´s right to defend its territory and said they would support all legitimate procedures it might take "against these Iranian violations". The resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Many Lebanese, including President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, have said they believe Hariri resigned under Saudi pressure. 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.
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.
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