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Lebanon's FM Refuses to Support Arab League Statement Condemning Iran

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Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said that Lebanon does not agree with the statement of Arab League condemning Iran.

CAIRO (Sputnik) — Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has refused to support the Arab League resolution condemning Iran, an Arab League statement said Sunday.

Arab League member states' foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday over the ongoing diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The meeting's closing statement accused Tehran of "provocative acts," while Lebanon, as well as Iraq, abstained from voting on the statement, reports said.

"We protest the statement due to its mentioning of the Lebanese Hezbollah organization and accusations of terrorist activity. It [Hezbollah] is represented in the country's parliament and government, and thus we demanded removal of the expression for Lebanon's position to be identical with the common decision," Bassil said.

Last week, protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran after Riyadh executed top Iranian Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other people convicted of terrorism. Nimr had demanded more rights for Shiites, who are a minority in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the unrest, Saudi Arabia cut official ties with Iran. Tehran responded by imposing a total embargo on Saudi imports. On Sunday, Iran's Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein-Ali Amiri condemned the attacks on Saudi Arabia's embassy.

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  • jas
    I question who of the Arab League agreed to the statement. As Yemen is part of the league, I don't think it's accurate to say Yemen is in agreement with the power trying to blast it off the map.
    www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2001/10/is_iran_an_arab_country.html

    "The Arab League includes Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen"
  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    Of course they do; Lebanon is a near Shiite country.
  • cast235
    All the league, cannot defeat Russia. So what they looking for? Embassies are breached every time. Is not new. Saudi is wrong, blaming a nation for a demo out of control. They MUST have an agenda. This could be flaming things to end peace in Syria unless is under west terms. Yes Germany is part of the west.
    Saudi playing like Iran Gov destroyed Saudi embassy, which is not true. And they knew what they were doing. when the killed all that people, on bogus charges. Word is that the cleric was not Wahhabi nor sponsoring terrorism. Like Saudi house does. Maybe because of Iranian ending of terrorism in Syria? check Mc Cain and others.
  • They created the problems and put the blame on others..! These are the pagan's ways to start a confrontation since then... And they'll look for idiots as alliance as they know they can't succeed it.. still.. I doubt they can.. hehehe
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