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Iran official: Saudi-led Arab League summit lacks credibility

Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 21 May 2017 [Ramazan Turgut/Anadolu Agency]

The Arab League summit currently taking place in Saudi Arabia lacks any political or international credibility, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader has said.

“There is no significance to the Arab League’s summit,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Ali Akbar Velayati as saying, adding: “The summit’s final statement prepared by a faltering government is worthless.”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a news conference following Arab leaders met: “The summit condemned Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, either through igniting sectarian strife or planting militias in Arab countries such as Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, and harbouring Al-Qaeda terrorists.”

Iran, which denies the accusations, rejected the condemnation as the result of Saudi pressure.

“The heavy shadow of destructive Saudi policies is evident in … the final statement of the summit,” Iranian state media quoted Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying in Tehran.

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