Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Iran Dismisses Arab Quartet Committee’s ‘Hackneyed’ Claims

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi has rejected the anti-Iran allegations raised in the final declaration of a meeting of the Arab Quartet Committee in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

In a Thursday statement, Mousavi dismissed the “worn-out and rejected” accusations contained in the final declaration of the 12th meeting of the Arab Quartet Committee in Cairo against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said futile attempts by some Arab countries in making baseless allegations amount to insistence on pursuing the same past political mistakes.

“The rehash of groundless accusations against [Iran’s] eternal ownership of its three islands in the Persian Gulf and the blame game by some Arab countries whose regional policies have failed are, in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s view, the reason behind their failure to understand the realities of the region and the world,” the spokesman added.

“It is regrettable that some [countries], instead of relying on the power of Persian Gulf states, make divergent, unfounded and undocumented allegations about the security of the region and welcome foreigners with their desperation,” Mousavi noted.

He said insistence on useless past mistakes at a time when the region needs wisdom and realism is tantamount to moving on the wrong path, which will only increase problems in the region.

In a meeting in Cairo, the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee issued a statement, accusing Iran of supporting attacks by Yemen’s Ansarullah against Saudi targets, and interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The statement also contested Iran’s ownership of the three Persian Gulf islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the secretary general of the Arab League.


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