Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request

Posted November 13, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron has said his viewpoints on Iran do not conform with Saudi Arabia's hardline stance vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic.

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.

France has been trying to save the nuclear deal which Iran signed with six world powers - Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the United States.

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthis with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a coalition that has been pounding the Houthi positions in Yemen for more than two and a half years in a campaign to restore the fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi.

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In his interview with the Time magazine, Macron also appeared to be supporting Washington's position on Iran's ballistic missile capabilities.

Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Iran of supplying missiles and other weapons to the Houthis, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out there in 2015.

"We maintain that France should responsibly convince its regional allies in the Persian Gulf region to adopt sensible policies", he continued.

"We expect France not to be swayed by inculcation and false signals sent by certain countries in the Persian Gulf region against the Islamic Republic of Iran", the Iranian spokesperson said.

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When asked whether Saudi Arabia was headed for a direct conflict with Iran, Al-Jubeir replied, "We hope not".

He called on the French government to adopt "tangible strategies" and compel its allies in the region to put an immediate end to war and bloodshed in Yemen with the goal of establishing peace and stability in the impoverished country.

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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