Arab states urge Lebanon to rein in Hezbollah


The Arab League chief also told the media that he came to Lebanon "to explain to Aoun the circumstances surrounding the Arab League's meeting and the decision made by the foreign ministers, which includes looking into Iran's interference in Saudi, Bahraini, GCC and UAE affairs". He further said, "Any leniency in dealing with their policies would only encourage them more, so we must stand together", Jubeir said, referring to Iran.

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas rejected on Monday an Arab League resolution labelling Lebanon´s Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.

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

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 Israeli official of such contacts.

Sunni Muslim Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have had no diplomatic ties since January 2016 and back opposing sides in several regional conflicts, including the wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as the Lebanese issue.

The Arab ministers held its meeting at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the region.

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".

According to Riyadh's official, in a separate meeting with editors of Egyptian newspapers, the Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Qatar's crisis is small matter and and there are more important matters to attend to. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran's supply of rockets to Houthi militias was an act of "direct military aggression".

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.

The Cairo meeting was not attended by Lebanese foreign minister Gerban Basil.

Hezballah is part of the coalition government in Lebanese government.

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

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.

Saad Hariri will head to Egypt on Tuesday after the Arab League accused Iran of "aggression" against Arab states.

He also repeated: "Everyone recognizes the uniqueness of the Lebanese political structure, and no one at all wishes to harm Lebanon or turn its lands into a stage for any Arab-Iranian conflict".