Iran calls Arab League crisis meeting a “distraction” from true enemy
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A statement from Arab leaders denouncing Iran for meddling in the region was met with contempt in Tehran on Friday, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman rejecting the “baseless claims.”
“Saudi Arabia has used the holy month of Ramadan and the holy city of Mecca for political gain in order to put to the world baseless claims against Iran,” spokesman Abbas Mousavi told the local ISNA news agency.
The chief goal of the Islamic and Arab world should be the liberation of Palestinians, and not agitating one another, he said.
“That is precisely the goal of the Zionist regime: distracting from the true enemy,” Mousavi added, in reference to Iran’s arch-enemy Israel.
The Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met for a crisis meeting in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late Thursday as tensions grow in the region over Iran.
“Iran should respect the sovereignty of Arab states and stop interfering in the affairs of countries which is threatening security and stability in the region,” the leaders said in a final statement.
The meeting was called after four commercial vessels were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and explosive-laden drones attacked two oil pipeline booster stations in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh province earlier this month.
The United States has blamed the attacks on Iran, a regional rival of Saudi Arabia, without providing any proof for the claim. Tehran has denied the accusations.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that White House National Security Adviser John Bolton will present evidence next week at the United Nations that Iran carried out the tanker attacks.
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