Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Confidential UN brief reveals no missiles sent to Houthis by Iran

Confidential UN brief reveals no missiles sent to Houthis by Iran

Regional tensions have escalated in recent weeks between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the surprise resignation of Lebanese prime Minister Saad Hariri, and after a ballistic missile was sacked at the kingdom by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The meeting comes two weeks after Mr Hariri resigned from Riyadh, criticising Iran's influence in his country and fearing assasination.

"Iran continues to violate Arab world's national security and we must act in order to curb Iran's policies and protect our security", Mr Al Jubeir said.

In Syria, Hezbollah has fought to defend the government of President Bashar al-Assad, also an ally of Teheran.

Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia had raised concern over Lebanon's stability. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning.

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"Iran-made missile, which [recently] targeted Saudi Arabia's capital city Riyadh, was a clear message about the hostility of Iran", Gheit added.

Saudi Arabia, added Al-Jubeir, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

Bahrain Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa appears during a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on November 19, 2017.

"Immediate and effective solutions are needed against recent Iranian intervention in the region", he said.

He called on states "where Hizbollah is a partner in government to carry their responsibility".

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Arab foreign ministers gathered at the League's headquarters in Cairo Sunday for an emergency meeting called by Saudi Arabia.

Arab diplomats said the resolution seeks a declaration of solidarity with the premier Arab state, and support for actions it might take in the name of national security amid alleged meddling by Iran.

Bassil is a part of President Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, which is a political ally of Hizballah.

"Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences and because of this they don't see any results other than divisions", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Iranian state media earlier on November 19 on the sidelines of a meeting in Antalya with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the Syria conflict.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Salman has accused Teheran of "direct military aggression" against the kingdom by supplying the Yemen rebels with ballistic missiles.

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According to members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition was probably an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians, which could push millions into starvation. Despite the coalition's military efforts, however, the Houthis maintain control of much of the country's north, including the capital, Sanaa.

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