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Take firm stance against Iran, Saudi asks Arab League By

The Saudi draft also includes a warning to Iran against continuing its present policies in the region and orders Arab diplomats to request a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss what it called Iranian "threats", added the diplomats.

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said that Qatar's crisis is small matter and there are more important matters to attend to.

In a statement attributed to Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoub, Baghdad said Monday the parts of the Arab League resolution that referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization were "inconsistent with the clear and absolute Iraqi position in defining terrorism realistically and accurately".

He said that "Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a risky abyss", but gave no details on how Arab states intend to counteract Iran's regional activities.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain also held a separate meeting ahead of the main session to discuss a unified stance against Iran.

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of supplying Yemeni Houthi with short-range ballistic missiles, one of which was intercepted by the Saudi Air Force in midair over northern Riyadh on November 4, in a claim described by Tehran as "contrary to reality".

Hezbollah is a partner to Lebanon's coalition government.

He even went on saying that missile which was sacked by Houthis towards Riyadh was "Iranian made" and called is as an "unacceptable Iranian message".

Saudi Arabia has accused Tehran of involvement in the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh this month by Yemen's Iran-allied rebels.

Saudi Arabia, added Al-Jubeir, will not stand idly by in the face of Iran's "blatant aggression".

During the meeting Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa was quite vocal against Hezbollah saying it was "in total control" of Lebanon.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Jibran Bassil was absent and was instead represented by Lebanon's permanent representative to the Arab League, Antoine Azzam.

Saudi Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan has warned the Lebanese they must choose "either peace, or to live within the political fold of Hezbollah". It said Arab nations will provide details to the SC of Tehran's violations for arming Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Sunni Muslim Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran have had no diplomatic ties since January 2016 and back opposing sides in several regional conflicts, including the wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as the Lebanese issue. Many Lebanese, including President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, have said they believe Hariri resigned under Saudi pressure. Both countries have recently announced about achieving major successes in their fight against terrorist groups with Wahabi ideology. Syria and Iraq have been alleging these countries for their hand-in-glove role in spreading terrorism in the region.