Lebanon FM refuses to attend Arab summit on Iran

Saudi Arabia's non-oil revenue jumped 80 percent in the third quarter to SR47.8 billion according to official figures

Saudi Arabia's non-oil revenue jumped 80 percent in the third quarter to SR47.8 billion according to official figures

Zarif pointed to an Antalya meeting with his Russian and Turkish counterparts preparing an agenda for Wednesday's summit between the three country's presidents to discuss an end to the Syrian conflict. He is now cooling his heels in Paris, a journey connived by Saudi and French administrations.

In Beirut on Monday, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions. For months Egypt has acted as a mediator in the various crises involving Iran and hostile Arab countries.

Iran has dismissed allegations that it armed the Houthis with ballistic missiles. He reportedly alleged that "Iran's biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist [Hizballah] arm". He alleged, "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss".

However, the Egyptian diplomat said that Arab League was "not declaring war on Iran at this stage". The draft also blamed the Shiite group of supporting "terrorist groups" across the region and supplying them with weapons, including ballistic missiles. It said Arab nations will provide details to the SC of Tehran's violations for arming Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out.

The foreign minister also said: "We only want the best for them, they must not interfere in the internal of countries or find platforms for people who justify suicide bombings". The trilateral foreign ministers meeting was discussing the issues related to Syrian situation.

Saudi Arabia has accused the heavily armed Shia Hezbollah of helping the Houthis in Yemen and militants in Bahrain. Majority Shias were denied to organise religious meetings commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the month of Muharram recently.

Now, Qatar is doing everything except recognizing the problem, said Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran's growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the Arab League to condemn Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, as a "terrorist organization".

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

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

"No man from Lebanese Hezbollah had any part in the firing of this missile or any missiles fired previously", Nasrallah said. PM Saad Hariri, a Sunni leader belongs to Future Movement. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been rocky since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Latest News