Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Arab League to hold snap meeting on Iran at Saudi request

Arab League to hold snap meeting on Iran at Saudi request

"France is fully aware of Iran's firm stance towards its defence capabilities, viewing it as non-negotiable", Bahram Qassemi said Saturday, as quoted in a statement on the ministry's website.

The French head of state has made efforts to preserve the deal, telling Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, last month, that France remained committed to the deal while stressing the need for dialogue.

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it".

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Saudi Arabia and its allies also accuse Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out in 2015.

In an interview with the Time magazine, published on Thursday, Macron also said, "We should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region".

Qassemi urged France to pursue "realistic, fair and far-sighted" policies on the ongoing developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.

While U.S. President Donald Trump decertified the agreement and imposed sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Earlier, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of "a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally". The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

According to the memo, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile the Sunni-ruled kingdom says its air defenses intercepted over Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

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