Saudi Foreign Minister meets Egypt counterpart to discuss Iran

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir attends an interview with Reuters, in Riyadh January 4, 2016. (Reuters)

Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al Jubeir, and Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, today met to discuss the latest developments regarding Iran's interfering in the affairs of the region and its negative actions.

The Saudi Press Agency, SPA, said that the meeting, which comes within the framework of continuous consultation and coordination between the two countries, was held on the sidelines of the Saudi-Egyptian Coordination Council, where the two sides exchanged views on many issues of mutual concern, especially the Palestinian conflict, the situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

The Saudi and Egyptian counterparts also discussed bilateral relations between their countries regarding coordination, consultation, investment, and the latest regional and international developments, particularly how to work together with regards to the many security challenges facing the Arab region.

GCC condemns attacks on Saudi missions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, has condemned the ‘barbaric’ attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, and held Iranian authorities responsible for these terrorist acts.

The Bahraini News Agency, BNA, reported that Al-Zayani also stressed that the failure to prevent the attacks represents a serious breach of Iran's obligations to protect diplomatic missions under the Vienna Convention of 1961 and International Law.

The GCC chief denounced Iran's ‘hostile and inciting’ statements against Saudi Arabia following the execution of convicted terrorists, stressing that such statements, representing a blatant interference in Saudi Arabia's domestic affairs, had ignited and encouraged the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions.

The GCC countries have rallied together behind Saudi Arabia and condemn such terrorist acts against its diplomatic missions in Iran, and also hold the Iranian authorities fully responsible for them, Dr. Al-Zayani said.

The GCC states also reiterate their full support to the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and arrest the perpetrators of terrorist acts and inciters of sedition and bring them to justice, he added.


Jordan condemns storming of Saudi embassy in Tehran

Jordan has strongly condemned the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, and said it constitutes a flagrant violation of the international law and relevant conventions.

Mohammad Momani, Jordanian State Minister for Media Affairs and Government spokesperson, voiced Jordan's solidarity and support for Saudi Arabia in facing extremism and terrorism. He also condemned Iranian interference and anti-Saudi Arabia rhetoric following the execution of convicted Saudi people.

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted Momani as saying, "Diplomatic missions should be protected and respected in line with international law."

Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in the Iranian capital in the early hours of Sunday, starting fires before being removed by the police.


Bahrain's Foreign Ministry condemns attacks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain has ‘strongly condemned’ the two terrorist attacks on the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its Consulate in Mashhad in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Bahrain News Agency, BNA, quoted the ministry's statement as saying, "These demagogic and barbarian acts represent flagrant violation of the international convictions and norms, and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 which all safeguard the security and protection of Diplomatic Missions."

"The Kingdom of Bahrain urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to resume full responsibilities and secure the required protection for the Diplomatic Premises and their staff, as well as taking deterrence legal measures against rioters.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs highly appreciated the efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to consolidate peace and stability at regional and international levels and its high international esteem for its constructive initiatives.

"Bahrain reaffirmed its unequivocal support for all measures to be taken by Saudi Arabia to thwart any threat to the regional or international security.

"It also reiterated its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all actions taken to strengthen the safety and security of the Saudi people and ultimately eliminate any threat to their peace or achievements by fermenting and inciting division among Saudi citizens," the statement said.


Yemen condemns attack

The Yemeni government has condemned the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad, and the starting of fires at the two Saudi diplomatic posts as a crime. It also declared Yemen's full support for the Saudi Arabia's anti-terror measures.

In a statement, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Abdel Malek Al Mekhlafi, said, "The attack on the Kingdom's embassy in Tehran is a crime and in violation of regional and international laws, norms and agreements and is a continuation of Iran's hostile policy towards the Arab nation that was demonstrated (by acts) in a number of Arab countries, including in the Arabian Gulf region and Yemen."

"Yemen, which has been suffering from all forms of terrorism, extremism and foreign interference, backs the Saudi Arabia's right to protect its security and stability in line with its own laws," he added.

The Yemeni minister also reiterated Yemen's full support for Saudi Arabia in any measures it takes to combat extremism, terrorism and violence.


Kuwait condemns storming of Saudi embassy

Kuwait has emphatically condemned attacks by Iranian demonstrators on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, and the Saudi Consulate in Mashhad.

An official source at the Foreign Ministry was quoted by the Kuwaiti News Agency, as saying that Iranian authorities should shoulder responsibility for protecting the embassy and ensuring the safety of its staff.

"Such attacks are a flagrant violation of Vienna Convention that requires States to protect and safeguard diplomatic missions and to ensure the safety of their staff," the source reminded.

The source called on Iranian authorities to abide by all international rules and norms which state the respect of States' sovereignty and non-interference in their internal affairs.

In addition, the source reiterated Kuwait's support to all measures adopted by Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and stability.


Arab League condemns attacks; hails Kingdom's efforts in fighting terrorism

Dr. Nabil El-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, has condemned the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.

He deemed this a flagrant violation of international charters and norms, holding the Iranian government responsible for protecting these diplomatic missions according to the Vienna Convention.

In a statement, El Araby confirmed the importance of the fact that Iran should respect the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, which have the legitimate right to maintain the security of their citizens, civil peace and social unity. He also stressed that no other party has the right to comment on judicial rulings of other countries.

He also hailed the efforts being exerted by Saudi Arabia in fighting terrorism and establishing security and stability in the kingdom and the region.

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