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Aboul Gheit Welcomes UN Report on Iran’s Involvement in Attacks against Saudi Arabia

Aboul Gheit Welcomes UN Report on Iran’s Involvement in Attacks against Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 16 July, 2020 - 08:45
Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit attends the Arab Foreign Ministers extraordinary meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis in Cairo, Egypt December 19, 2016. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Cairo - Sawsan Abu Hussein

Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit has welcomed a recently published report by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, that unequivocally proved Iran’s direct responsibility for the terrorist attacks targeting oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“The report adds to other evidence that the cruise missiles used in several attacks on Abha International Airport and oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais in 2019 were of Iranian origin,” Ahmed Aboul Gheit stressed in a statement.

He called on the international community to hold Iran accountable for those dangerous actions that undermine regional stability, noting that the report unveiled the “Iranian hostile activities” in the region and against some Arab countries, including Yemen.

According to an AL general-secretariat official source, Guterres’s report is the ninth on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), under which the Iranian nuclear agreement was approved. It is also concerned with following up on Iran’s regional activities and commitment to the deal.

Aboul Gheit delivered press statements to the Middle East News Agency (MENA) on the AL’s position regarding Iran’s ongoing support for the Houthi militias in Yemen.

He highlighted decisions issued by the Arab Summit to condemn and reject all Iranian interventions, not only in Yemen but also in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

He further noted that an Arab Quartet Ministerial Committee on Iranian Interventions has been operating in the AL framework since 2016.

Asked about the reason why the Riyadh Agreement hasn’t been implemented yet, Aboul Gheit affirmed the Kingdom’s intensive efforts in this regard, expressing hope that it would be fully implemented soon.

“It is important to focus on addressing the original conflict with the militias.”

The AL supports every effort made to preserve Yemen’s unity and integration, he affirmed, noting that both sides have confidence in the Saudi mediation.

Regarding coordination between the AL, UN and its envoy to Yemen, Aboul Gheit said there is permanent and continuous coordination, stressing that he trusts Martin Griffiths’ experience and his sincere intentions towards Yemen.

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