Arab leaders hold talks to discuss ways to confront Iranian terror practices in the region
On Wednesday, members of the Arab Quartet held meeting to discuss Iran’s increasing terror activities in the region and how to halt the Islamic nation’s interference in internal affairs of the Arab world. The representatives of UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain along with the Secretary-General of the Arab League gathered to contemplate ways to press international community to keep in check Tehran’s expanding nuclear capability.
The meeting held in Egyptian capital, Cairo, was chaired by Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State.The members of the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee met for the follow-up on Iran-triggered crisis in the region. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 155the session of the Arab League Council. It was attended by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry, Bahrain’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Dossary and Saudi Arabian ambassador to Egypt Osama bin Ahmed Naqli.
The Saudi Press agency reported that the Arab leaders discussed “ways to enhance cooperation and joint coordination to confront Iranian terrorist practices and combat its terrorist arms that spread havoc and destruction, disrupt development and prosperity, and threaten regional and international security and stability”. They also pushed for the significance of “strengthening work with the international community to stop the Iranian nuclear program, which threatens international peace and security in the region and the world.”
Arab Quartet’s concern over Iran and its increasingly aggressive approach towards the Middle East region was confirmed by a recent report published earlier this month, by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI). The report highlighted that Iran-backed militias throughout the region were growing in size, scale and lethality. The study, titled “The View from Tehran: Iran’s Militia Doctrine”, also exposed the vast network of violent organizations supported by the Islamic Republic. It warned that IRGC-trained and supported militias posed the greatest threat to the region’s peace and stability.