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Iran and Hezbollah undermining stability in the region: UAE

Lebanon should be ‘spared’ from spiraling regional tensions, Arab League chief says

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Arab Foreign Ministers meet at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 19, 2017.

Beirut: The UAE has said Iran and Hezbollah are undermining the region’s stability.

“Iran’s missile programme with its offensive nature [is] emerging as [a] disruptive tool undermining the region’s stability. Repeated targeting of Saudi civilian facilities attests to this. Furthermore, Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, [is] playing an outsize role in undermining regional stability. Hezbollah actions & rhetoric [is] a major source of instability in the Arab world,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted.

Meanwhile, in strongly-worded tweets, Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said: “The Arab League resolution condemns Iran and its terrorist arms in the region, the first of which is Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The Arab League stands firmly with security and stability in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain... Their barking will not hurt us, as we will keep moving forward, with commitment to defend our nation. It’s only Iran and its agents in the region who are wailing and crying against the Arab League resolution.”

League chief says Lebanon should be ‘spared’

The concluding statement of the Arab League meeting demanded that Hezbollah stop intervening in regional conflicts and spreading extremism and sectarianism.

Arab League chief Ahmad Abu Al Geit said yesterday (monday) Lebanon should be “spared” from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut.

“Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it ... from any dispute,” Abu Al Geit said after landing in Beirut. He added that naming Hezbollah a terrorist organisation is not new as it happened during last year’s Arab summit.