Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Arab League states condemn Hezbollah as 'terrorist organization'

Arab League states condemn Hezbollah as 'terrorist organization'

The Arab ministers Sunday called the firing of the missile an "aggression" against Saudi Arabia and a "threat to the Arab and global security". It gave no details.

A senior Israeli official has said Tel Aviv has "partly covert" ties with "many Muslim and Arab countries", including Riyadh.

The Arab League accused Hezballah of "supporting terrorism and extremist groups in Arab countries with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles", in its declaration.

He also refused to "suggest that the Lebanese government plays a role in terrorist acts", pointing out that "the stance of the permanent representative of Lebanon to the Arab League during the foreign ministers' meeting reflects a strong national determination".

Aboul Gheit heard Lebanese President Michel Aoun say: "Lebanon is not responsible for Arab or regional conflicts and had never attacked any country".

Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view arch-foe Iran as a main threat to the Middle East, and increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fuelled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to work together. When asked whether Saudi Arabia was headed for a direct conflict with Iran, Al-Jubeir replied, "We hope not", and yet just hours later Riyadh made it clear that any Saudi citizens in Lebanon are now in danger.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif described as "ironic" Saudi accusing Tehran of "destabilization".

With the absolutist kingdom, Israel is now working on common concerns over Iran, the cabinet minister said.

"The solution to the region´s problems, many of which are down to Saudi Arabia´s sterile policy, is not to publish such worthless statements but to stop following the policies of the Zionist regime (Israel) which seeks to stoke divisions", the ISNA news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi as saying.

The meeting was held at the behest of Saudi Arabia amid heightened tension with Iran over developments in Lebanon and ongoing war against Yemen.

"There is an opportunity for a new global alliance in the region", Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told the paper, adding that Tel Aviv wanted to "exchange intelligence to confront Iran".

The League ministers affirmed Riyadh´s right to defend its territory and said they would support all legitimate procedures it might take "against these Iranian violations".

Al-Jubeir also said that the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was "weak", especially given Tehran would be capable of assembling a bomb "within weeks". Saudi authorities claimed of destroying the missile before reaching its destination while Houthis said that the missile hit the target successfully.

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

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