Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (C), Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi (L), and Arab League deputy Ahmed bin Helli (R) attend an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 10, 2016. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi accused Tehran of "provocative acts" as top Arab diplomats met for talks on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic row with Iran. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have called on Arab countries to unite and confront Iran over its role in regional conflicts and its alleged support for militias.

Speaking at an emergency session of the Arab League in Cairo, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister, said Iran was aiming “to destabilise and fuel sectarian rift” in the region “and to drive a wedge between ourselves and our people”.

The special summit in the Egyptian capital was requested by Saudi Arabia to discuss alleged “violations” committed by Iran in the Arab region.

It comes amid heightened tensions in the Arab world following the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who cited Iranian intervention in his country through Hezbollah, Iran’s ally in Lebanon.

Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s foreign minister, said his country had been inflicted by “thousands of wounds” by Iran.

Bahrain has seen scores of incidents of violence since 2011 when tens of thousands of the country’s majority Shia Muslims demanded reforms and greater rights from the minority Sunni-controlled kingdom.

In the final statement, the Arab foreign ministers referred to Hezbollah as a “terrorist organisation”.


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