Arab FMs condemn Iran's intervention in Arab affairs, vowing United Nations approach

Burkan-2 ballistic missiles belonging to Houthis fighters in Yemen

Burkan-2 ballistic missiles belonging to Houthis fighters in Yemen

"We are ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran ," Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot was quoted as saying by Elaph, a news website run by a Saudi businessman.

"What Iran is doing is undermining security and peace, not only in the Arab region but throughout the world", the memorandum stated. Iran denies arming the Houthis, who say they locally produced the missile.

Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo at Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged "violations" committed by Iran in the region.

He said his country was targeted by a total of 80 ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels since the kingdom in 2015 formed and led a coalition to fight them alongside forces loyal to the internationally recognized government there.

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings. Iran, along with the US-led global coalition, has been a major supporter of Baghdad in its war against ISIS.

"Iran's biggest arm in the region at the moment is the terrorist Hizballah arm", Sheikh Khalid charged.

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While not mentioning Iran by name, he said Lebanon condemned all attacks against Arab nations, but blamed exploitable inter-Arab divisions that allowed global and regional powers to promote their interests.

"A decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League", a source from the ministry told Reuters.

Eisenkot made clear that Israel has no interest in playing into what he said were attempts by Iran to push the Jewish state toward war with its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

"Saudi Arabia will not stand idly against this blatant aggression and will not hesitate to defend its national security to preserve the security and safety of its people".

The Arab foreign ministers' final statement referred to Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization", a branding that drew reservations from Lebanon, according to the head of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit. Alluding to the November 4 attack, he said it delivered a message to Arab nations that their capitals were within the range of Iranian missiles. In the absence of such support, he said, his country would have no choice but to rely on the protection of its Western allies, citing the US 5th Fleet headquartered in Bahrain and naval ships patrolling the Persian gulf.

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