Arab Quartet Condemns Iranian Intervention in Arab’s Internal Affairs
The Arab quartet committee on Iranian interventions has condemned Tehran's continued support for terrorist and subversive acts against Arab states.
These include its continued firing of ballistic missiles from Yemen's territory into populated cities in Saudi Arabia, including the holy sites, in violation of 2015’s Security Council resolution 2216, which states that militias should not be armed.
In a statement issued at its 12th meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, the quartet committee, comprising of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt as well as the Secretary-General of the Arab League, stressed its support for the measures taken by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to address these aggressive acts to protect their security and stability.
It also condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ drone attacks at two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia and acts of sabotage against commercial vessels in UAE’s territorial waters and the Sea of Oman.
The committee denounced Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah's provocative speech, which included abuses rejected by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Yemen.
It said his speech marked a blatant interference in these countries’ internal affairs, intended to provoke sedition and incite hatred. It is an extension of the critical role played by this terrorist party, which is one of Iran’s arms that target destabilizing regional security and stability, the statement added.
It also called on the Lebanese government to “denounce Nasrallah’s statements and blatant interventions by one of its main components in line with the commitment to the brotherly relations, which bind Arab countries to the Lebanese Republic.”
The ministerial committee further expressed its “condemnation of the direct Iranian threats to international navigation in the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, as well as its threat to international navigation in the Red Sea through its regional proxies.”
Among these threats are Houthis’ targeting of a Saudi oil tanker in Bab al-Mandeb strait, in violation of principles of the international law.
It also slammed the “Iranian and Turkish interference in the Syrian crisis, and its serious implications on the country’s future, sovereignty, security, stability, national unity, and territorial integrity,” noting that such intervention doesn’t serve the efforts made to settle the Syrian crisis peacefully.