Arab states urge Lebanon to rein in Hezbollah

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Saudi Arabia and its allies Sunday lashed out at alleged Iranian violations in the region amid tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

The Iranian minister posted his tweet following a new round of talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, respectively.

Saudi Arabia yesterday asked fellow Arab nations to take a "serious and honest" stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on with its "aggression" and "meddling" in the internal affairs of Arab countries, the Associate Press reported yesterday.

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.

Since 2015, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting to defend Yemen's internationally recognized government.

After French intervention, Hariri flew to France and met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.

Iran "supplied the Houthi militias with all types of weapons ... which enabled them to overrun the country's capital and on their way detonate residences, schools, places of worship and public and private facilities", Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi said.


During the meeting Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa was quite vocal against Hezbollah saying it was "in total control" of Lebanon.

The meeting was held at the behest of Saudi Arabia amid heightened tension with Iran over developments in Lebanon and ongoing war against Yemen. Observers believe that he tried to belittle the gulf crisis triggered after Saudi led quartet cut ties with Qatar earlier in June.

Mr Aoun said he would not accept Mr Hariri's resignation until it is delivered in person amid calls for his speedy return.

The Lebanese envoy to the Arab League, Antoine Azzam, made carefully weighed comments at the meeting that reflected his country's delicate religious and ethnic balance. I have also reminded him of dozens of decisions issued by the Arab League during summits and ministerial meetings, which confirm the resistance's right to liberate its lands and which support Lebanon in its fight against Israel.

Iran has been helping Iraq and Syria with military advisors in their fight against Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups.

He further says, "The Arab world is divided and a lot of countries convened to Cairo today don't see eye to eye with Saudi Arabia on its ways and means or how it plans to confront Iran in the region". These groups were allegedly supported by Saudi Arabia, US and Israel. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning.

Saudi Arabia, he added, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

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