Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah

He further said, "Any leniency in dealing with their policies would only encourage them more, so we must stand together", Jubeir said, referring to Iran.

Allies of Hizbollah, the Iran-backed militant group, which has members in Lebanon's government, appeared to defend the organisation after it was roundly condemned at an Arab League meeting on Monday.

On November 10, a panel appointed by the UN Security Council sent a confidential letter to diplomats, which states that it has seen no proof of Saudi Arabia's claims that Iran was responsible for the recent missile attack by the Yemeni Houthi rebels targeting Riyadh, the US-based investigative website The Intercept reported on Friday.

This latest flare up between Saudi Arabia and Iran was sparked by a November 4 incident in which Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh's worldwide airport.

He also said that Hezbollah is ready to withdraw its experts from Iraq once the government in Baghdad declares victory against the Islamic State group there.

Earlier Sunday, Abul Gheit said the missile fired at Riyadh was made in Iran.

In Lebanon he heads up a government of national unity that includes Hezbollah, an ally of Saudi rival Iran.

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Saudi Arabia, he added, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

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. Instead Antoine Azzam, country's representative to the Arab League participated in the foreign ministers' meeting.

"We say it in clear terms that Iranian threats have exceeded all boundaries and are pushing the region toward the abyss". It is widely believed that Iran is backing the Houthi rebels. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been rocky since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Despite being Sunni, Hamas has always been seen as an ally of Iran.

Sunni Muslim Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have had no diplomatic ties since January 2016 and back opposing sides in several regional conflicts, including the wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as the Lebanese issue. 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.

"That doesn't mean they agree to the escalation of Iranian interference in various Arab countries, but paradoxically it was the incompetence and the division among those Arab countries that was the main factor why Iran is able to expand its influence in the region", added Bishara.


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