Hamas rejects Arab League labelling Hezbollah ´terrorists´
- Author: Megan Austin Nov 21, 2017,
Nov 21, 2017, 0:52
Nasrallah heaped criticism on Arab foreign ministers who accused his group of terrorism at an emergency Arab League meeting convened at the behest of Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain launched a comprehensive economic boycott against their Gulf Arab neighbor Qatar in June because of its close ties to Iran.
The House of Saud has been losing ground in the multi-religious Mediterranean state, and the Bahraini foreign minister at the Arab League summit called Lebanon's Hezbollah militia "Iran's longest arm in the region".
Syria is another battlefield of the proxy conflict between Shiite Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia; Riyadh has been supporting groups fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia called it an Iranian aggression against its territory.
The Saudi draft is unlikely to win the support of everyone in the Arab League.
"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation.is under the total control of this terrorist party", said Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, referring to the powerful Shiite movement. He alleged, "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss".
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A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia , Britain or China to be adopted. After the council voted on the USA draft, Bolivia then requested that the body vote on the Russian text.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on November 19, 2017.
Hezballah is part of the coalition government in Lebanese government. 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. Both countries have recently announced about achieving major successes in their fight against terrorist groups with Wahabi ideology.
While the Cairo meeting produced a display of unity, Saudi Arabia was largely preaching to the choir.
Recently BBC has carried an investigation on how U.S. and its allies shifted Daesh terrorists from Raqqa, Syria and the way they didn't allow Russian Federation to bomb the fleeing terrorists from Raqqa. Syria and Iraq have been alleging these countries for their hand-in-glove role in spreading terrorism in the region.
A source close to Hariri said that meeting aimed to "continue the series of Arab and global consultations". "(Iran's) missile program poses a danger to the region", said Aboul-Gheit.
In what is perhaps the only concrete measure, the ministers said Arab telecommunications satellites would ban Iranian-financed television stations for what they said was their fomenting of sectarian and ethnic tensions and because they posed a threat to Arab security.