Arab League Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and Hezbollah.
The FMs condemned the Lebanese resistance movement as “terrorist”, as they accused Iran of “destabilizing” the region.
However, they said they “are not declaring war on Iran at this stage.”
“We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage,” Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said. “We have not taken a decision to ask the Security Council to meet, but we are 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).”
Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, did not attend, and the Lebanese representative at the meeting expressed reservations over the final communique.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari also did not attend the meeting.
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,” referring to missiles fired by Yemen revolutionaries in retaliation for the brutal Saudi-led aggression against the Arab impoverished country.
“We are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand… to counter these belligerent policies,” he added.
For his part, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said: “We want to hold everyone responsible.”
“We want to hold countries where Hezbollah is a partner in government responsible, specifically Lebanon.” Al-Khalifa claimed that Lebanon “is subject to full control by this terrorist group.”