Arab League ministers condemn Iran

11 January 2016

Arab League foreign ministers gather for an emergency meeting in Cairo amid Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions

Arab League foreign ministers have condemned the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s embassy and diplomatic missions in Iran in an emergency meeting held in Cairo.

A statement released at the end of the meeting in Cairo on 10 December said the Iranians failed to protect Saudi Arabia’s embassy.

Most League members voted in favour of the statement.

Exceptions were Lebanon, where the Iranian-backed Hezbollah is hugely influential, and Iran’s ally Syria, which is currently suspended from the Arab League.

No specific measures against Iran were announced although a committee is being set up to consult over possible future action.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar cut diplomatic relations completely after a mob attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran on 3 January. The UAE downgraded its relations, while Oman issued a strong condemnation.

The most recent increase in tensions between the GCC and Iran began when Saudi Arabia executed 47 people convicted of terrorism, including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supporting Houthi rebels, which took over most of Yemen in early 2015, forcing out President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi.

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