Lebanon under 'total control' of Hezbollah: Bahrain FM

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Anticipating confrontation at the Cairo meeting, Lebanon's foreign minister may not attend, though a final decision will be taken on Sunday morning, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Arab League held an extraordinary general meeting in Cairo, at the request of Saudi Arabia, as tensions soar between the regional arch-rivals, including over League member Lebanon.

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas rejected on Monday an Arab League resolution labelling Lebanon´s Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.

Jubeir said the Arab Peace Initiative would normalize relations between Israel and Arab states.

This month alone, Saudi Arabia and its allies have accused Iran of having a hand in the attempted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh; an alleged Hezbollah assassination plot that supposedly compelled pro-Saudi Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to flee to Saudi Arabia and resign amid unclear circumstances; and an explosion and fire at a major oil pipeline in Bahrain.

"Firing the ballistic missiles toward Riyadh and the bombing of oil pipeline in Bahrain are all unsafe developments emanating from the Iranian agenda", Al-Mekhlafi continued.

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Earlier, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the head of the Arab League, which comprises 22 Sunni-dominated states in the Middle East and North Africa, made similar remarks, accusing Iran of fomenting sectarianism, and developing potentially destabilizing missile technology.

In statements posted on Twitter, Aoun said Lebanon could not be held "responsible" for regional conflicts. He is now cooling his heels in Paris, a journey connived by Saudi and French administrations.

The meeting was chaired by Djibouti's Foreign Minister and current chairman of the Arab Council of Foreign Ministers, Mahmoud Ali Yusuf, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo and was attended by 15 ministers and six ministerial representatives. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

Lebanon was among the countries that voted in favour of the Arab League resolution, except for the points in which Hizbollah was mentioned.

Riyadh is also involved in an increasingly intractable proxy war in Yemen, where millions have been affected by a Saudi-led blockade, and its affiliated factions have failed to topple President Bashar Assad in Syria.

"That doesn't mean they agree to the escalation of Iranian interference in various Arab countries, but paradoxically it was the incompetence and the division among those Arab countries that was the main factor why Iran is able to expand its influence in the region", added Bishara.

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