Iran has come under fierce attack for supplying missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen and threatening the security and stability of the region.
The Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee yesterday warned Tehran against supporting terrorist acts in Arab countries – including the firing of ballistic missiles from Yemeni territory into Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa took part in the meeting, held on the sidelines of the Arab League meeting in Cairo.
The meeting condemned Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain. It reiterated its support for measures taken by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to combat these acts of aggression.
It expressed concern over Iran’s inciting sectarianism in Arab countries, including its support and arming of terrorist militias.
“This hinders regional and international efforts to solve the issues by peaceful means,” the committee said demanding that such actions must stop.
The committee rapped Iran’s ballistic missile programme and called for an effective mechanism to verify the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.
It also called for strict inspection, control and re-imposition of sanctions, quickly and effectively, if Iran violated its obligations under the agreement.
It also stressed the importance of Iran’s accession to all nuclear safety charters.
- Threats posed by Iran and Hizbollah were also the focus of the Arab League meeting in Cairo, which was attended by Shaikh Khalid.
The council praised Bahrain’s security forces for thwarting terror plots and arresting members of terrorist organisations supported by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hizbollah.
The league also condemned Iran’s occupation of the three UAE islands (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa) and supported all peaceful measures taken by the UAE to restore its sovereignty over the occupied islands in accordance with international law.
Palestinian issue and the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as the latest developments in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia, were discussed.
- The Foreign Minister took part in the Ministerial Committee of the Arab Peace Initiative, which was held on the sidelines of the Arab League meeting in Cairo.