Arab diplomats rally behind Saudi in Iran row

Arab foreign ministers talk during an emergency meeting in Cairo on January 10, 2016 to discuss Saudi Arabia's diplomatic row with IranTop Arab diplomats rallied behind Saudi Arabia on Sunday in a dispute with Iran that has threatened to derail efforts to resolve Middle East conflicts including the war in Syria. Iran meanwhile said Saudi Arabia was seeking to undermine talks to end the Syrian conflict, an accusation Riyadh fiercely rejected. The UN envoy to Syria said he believed the dispute — which has seen tensions between the Sunni and Shiite regional rivals reach new heights — would not hurt efforts to bring Syria's warring parties together later this month.


Saudi FM says further Iranian support for ‘terrorism’ will meet opposition from all Arab countries

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Sunday at an emergency Arab League meeting that if Iran continues to support “terrorism, sectarianism and violence”, it would face opposition from all Arab countries. The meeting was held to discuss escalating tensions between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite power Iran, which started when Saudi authorities executed Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2, stirring Shi’ite outrage across the Middle East. Jubeir added that a subsequent attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Iran was the latest incident in three decades of aggression on the part of Iran, which he said needed to help fight terrorism rather than support it.

Arab foreign ministers accuse Iran of undermining regional security

A general view of the Arab foreign minister's meeting at the Arab League in CairoBy Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and warned on Sunday that the country would face wider opposition if it continued its "interference" in the internal affairs of Arab states. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Muslim Iran have escalated since Saudi authorities executed Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2, triggering outrage among Shi'ites across the Middle East. Other Arab countries have recalled envoys to Iran and the United Arab Emirates downgraded relations in solidarity with Saudi Arabia.