Arab League meets to discuss Iran 'violations' at Saudi Arabia's request

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Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Arab nations would raise the matter with global organizations, including the UN Security Council.

But he said Israeli officials have tended to exaggerate such interactions in a bid to "drive down the price they may have to pay, especially on Palestinian issues, to expand strategic relations and ties with Arab countries". He added that Arab nations have not asked the Security Council to meet, but were "just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution [against Iran]".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told an Arab League meeting on Sunday that Riyadh will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "aggression".

With the absolutist kingdom, Israel is now working on common concerns over Iran, the cabinet minister said.

Saudi Arabia "will not hesitate to defend its national security to keep its people safe", Mr Al Jubeir said at the Cairo meeting.

Arab diplomatic sources said that there was an agreement between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain to confront Iranian regional aggression decisively.

In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, urged strong action by the Arab League against Iran.

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view arch-foe Iran as a main threat to the Middle East, and increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fuelled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together.

The IDF chief added that he was hopeful regarding Trump's declarations about the need to stop Iran's missile program and the entrenchment of its troops and militias in Syria and Iraq.

On November 7, the Saudi ambassador to the world body claimed in a letter to the UN Security Council that Riyadh had assessed the remains of the missiles fired by Ansarullah on July 22 and November 4, and found out Iran was involved in manufacturing the projectiles.

"We are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand.to counter these belligerent policies", he added.

Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen has been torn apart by a war between the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

The Houthis remain in control of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and most of the country's north, while government forces and their allies, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, have driven them out of most of the country's south.

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