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GCC FMs denounce Iran's 'interference' in Saudi affairs, support Riyadh anti-terror measures
January 10, 2016, 8:39 am

The GCC Ministerial Council (Foreign Ministers) on Saturday denounced Iran's "blatant interference" in the internal affairs of Saudi Arabia.

The Council's 42nd extraordinary meeting held in Riyadh today voiced support to the measures the Kingdom took to fight terrorism, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a press conference together with the bloc's Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani.

Al-Jubeir said that the GCC Foreign Ministers had concluded a unified view regarding the recent aggression on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran, noting that they discussed the issue "deeply." He noted that the Iranian aggression is rejected by all international conventions and charters.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League will "take the proper stance toward the Iranian aggression," he said, adding that the GCC and Saudi Arabia had managed to "formulate a resolution at the UN Security Council." Extra measures will be considered in case Iran carries on with its aggression, he stressed.

According to the Saudi Foreign Minister, Iran has a "copious record of blatant aggression on embassies, and interference in the internal affairs of its neighbors." Iran has to choose, either the "logic of a state or that of a revolution," and has to identify the nature of its policies toward neighboring countries, Al-Jubeir said.

Referring to regional developments, he said that they would carry on with efforts seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis in accordance with Geneva I.

He added that they are also committed to supporting the legitimate government in Yemen, stating that Iran still supports the Houthi militants in the country. The GCC condemns the Iranian aggression and holds Tehran responsible for it, the bloc's Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani told the conference.

Al-Zayani added that the GCC "condemns Iran's blatant intervention in the Saudi internal affairs." He reiterated the GCC backing of the Kingdom, lauding independence of the Saudi judiciary.
Al-Zayani urged the international community to take firm measures to avoid any further aggression, calling for an end to Iran's occupation of the UAE's three islands. Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb.

He also demanded Iran to sop intervention in the internal affairs of other countries and to halt its support to terrorism. The GCC stance is obvious, and the issue will be discussed in Cairo on Sunday.

Al-Zayani was referring to a meeting due tomorrow for the Arab foreign Ministers at the Arab League in the Egyptian capital. Last Sunday, Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran following protestors' aggression on the Kingdom's embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad.

The Kuwaiti delegation to today's Riyadh extraordinary meeting was led by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

It included Assistant Foreign Minister for Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled's Office Ambassador Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, Assistant Foreign Minister for GCC Affairs Ambassador Naser Al-Mezayyen and Kuwait's Ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, as well as senior officials from the ministry.

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