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Israeli minister reveals contacts with Saudi Arabia 'to curb Iran'

20 November 2017

The draft appears to be in synch with Saudi Arabia's recent hardening of its rhetoric against Iran after the Iran-allied Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis, fired a ballistic missile that was intercepted near Riyadh earlier this month.

In an interview with the Saudi electronic newspaper Elaph (considered the first independent publication of the Kingdom) published on Thursday, November 16, the Israeli commander pointed to the joint threat to Israel and Saudi Arabia in the face of Iran.

"I trust the League's council will take on its responsibility and take a decision regarding Iranian violations of Arab security", he said ahead of Sunday's talks.

In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Iran, on the other hand, has supported Assad's government, providing it with billions of dollars' worth of economic and military aid since the civil war there began in 2011.

The House of Saud has been losing ground in the multi-religious Mediterranean state, and the Bahraini foreign minister at the Arab League summit called Lebanon's Hezbollah militia "Iran's longest arm in the region".

"The Lebanese Republic, in spite of our relations with it as a brotherly Arab nation".

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When he put her down, the group went back inside where the husband of the woman confronted Simpson over the appropriateness of his behaviour.

Lebanon's foreign minister did not attend today's session, but Beirut's permanent representative was present.

"The connection with the moderate Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, is helping us curb Iran", Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview on Israel's Army Radio.

Since 2015, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting to defend Yemen's internationally recognized government.

The ministers, according to the final statement, said they supported any action to be taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its national security, within the boundaries of global legitimacy.

The Arab foreign ministers' final statement referred to Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization", a branding that drew reservations from Lebanon, according to the head of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit.

The IDF chief added that he was hopeful regarding Trump's declarations about the need to stop Iran's missile program and the entrenchment of its troops and militias in Syria and Iraq.

Riyadh and Gulf allies have repeatedly accused Iran of inciting unrest in their countries and meddling in their affairs, charges that Tehran has denied.

Israeli minister reveals contacts with Saudi Arabia 'to curb Iran'