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Arab League condemns Iranian ‘meddling’ in Arab affairs

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CAIRO — Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon's, condemned in a Sunday statement what they called Iran's meddling in Arab affairs.

The ministers accused Iran of breaking international agreements by intentionally failing to protect Saudi diplomatic posts in a statement issued following a closed emergency meeting.

Lebanon, which has a large Shi'ite population and is home to the powerful Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, was the only dissenting voice. Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil said in a statement that his country had rejected the statement because it also condemned Hezbollah over alleged interference in Bahrain.

Protesters in Tehran stormed the Saudi Embassy and a Saudi consulate elsewhere in the country after Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shi'ite cleric and opposition leader, earlier this month.


Associated Press