Arab League to Discuss Iran Meddling

Arab League to Discuss Iran Meddling

CAIRO (AP) -- Arab foreign ministers on Sunday called on Arab states to take a clear position against Iran's alleged meddling in Arab affairs.

Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Iran at an emergency Arab League session of intentionally failing to protect Saudi diplomatic posts. Protesters in Tehran stormed the Saudi embassy and a Saudi consulate elsewhere in the country after Saudi Arabia executing a prominent Shiite cleric and opposition leader earlier this month.

The session was requested by Saudi Arabia to discuss the attacks. The ensuing crisis has seen Saudi Arabia and several Arab states cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Iran.

Al Nahyan, who heads the Arab ambassadors' council, said the attack "took place under the nose and within the earshot of security forces."

"The attacks came after inciting statements from Iranian officials against the kingdom," al-Jubair told fellow ambassadors in opening remarks before the session was closed to reporters.

The kingdom's move comes despite Iran's recent letter to the U.N. saying Tehran has no desire to escalate tensions and that the Saudis must make a "crucial choice" — either promote sectarian hatred or promote good neighborliness and regional stability.

(KA)