Israeli minister reveals contacts with Saudi Arabia 'to curb Iran'


After the meeting, Arab countries said they would address the United Nations security council's president to clarify Iranian breaches of a resolution on Tehran's ballistic missiles programme.

The ministers also announced their full solidarity with Saudi Arabia and expressed support for measures taken by the kingdom to protect its national security, while warning Iran of its continued interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region.

Addressing the Arab foreign ministers' meeting, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said: "Showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles".

"This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League", the source said.

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.

In a statement attributed to Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoub, Baghdad said Monday the parts of the Arab League resolution that referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization were "inconsistent with the clear and absolute Iraqi position in defining terrorism realistically and accurately".

"With us, usually, there is no problem, but we respect the other side's wish, when ties are developing, whether it's with Saudi Arabia or with other Arab countries or other Muslim countries", he said, adding that there are a number of contacts that are kept secret.

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Hariri is now in Paris, where he arrived on Saturday after spending 13 says in Saudi Arabia.

He even went on saying that missile which was sacked by Houthis towards Riyadh was "Iranian made" and called is as an "unacceptable Iranian message". Saudi authorities claimed of destroying the missile before reaching its destination while Houthis said that the missile hit the target successfully.

In a statement the party said it "rejects the description of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement as terrorist". Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

"The Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and are pushing the region toward a risky precipice", Abul Gheit added.

Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil -a member of the Hizbollah-allied Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese president's son-in-law - did not attend the Cairo meeting.

Mr Aoun said he would not accept Mr Hariri's resignation until it is delivered in person amid calls for his speedy return. He added he would like to see worldwide agencies carry out a "much more robust" job when conducting inspections in Iran. Irony is KSA accuses Iran of destabilization, while itself fuels terrorists, wages war on Yemen, blockades Qatar & foments crisis in Lebanon, Zarif tweeted on Sunday.