Dec 20 2017

Reaction to Iranian influence grows - editorial

Iran’s interventions in the Middle East along sectarian lines are being seen by Western and Arab countries as a key factor in the destabilisation of the region, Arab Weekly said.

“On Dec. 14, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambas­sador to the United Nations, unveiled recently declassified evidence that Iran violated international law by funnelling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen,” the editorial said.

“These are Iranian-made, these are Iranian-sent and these were Iranian-given,” it quoted Haley as saying.

One missile was intercepted on a trajectory towards the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Tuesday.

Haley then announced a coalition to “push back against Iran”, Arab Weekly said, gaining support from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

It also quoted the French foreign minister as saying that Iran and others should stop interfering in Syria.

“Syria must become a sovereign state again and that means independent of the pressure and presence of other countries,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

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