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Iran Dismisses Arab League Accusations

Tasnim - Monday 16th April, 2018

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Foreign Ministry categorically rejected the anti-Iran allegations raised in a final statement of the Arab League summit, saying the accusations, made under the influence of Saudi Arabia's destructive policies, has ignored the root cause of regional crises.

In comments on Sunday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi emphasized that Iran's policy is based upon non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

He also expressed deep regret over some parts of the final statement of the Arab League summit, held in Saudi Arabia's Dhahran.

"As in previous statements, once again baseless allegations and false claims have been made against the Islamic Republic of Iran," the spokesman said, stressing that the statement has ignored the facts on the ground and failed to identify the exact causes of regional crises.

There were high expectations that the meeting would take a positive step towards regional convergence in identifying the key factors of restoring stability and peace to the region, apart from adoption of repetitive double-standards, Qassemi noted.

However, he added, the dark shadow of Saudis' destructive policies is evident in the final statement of the summit.

The Iranian spokesman further reiterated that the three Persian Gulf islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa belong to Iran, denouncing as "baseless, useless and essentially false" the claims by some southern neighbors, IFP reported.

"It is a pity that some of the member states of the Arab League ignore the historical and geographical realities and disregard the sovereignty of their neighbors," he deplored.

"Tehran's principled policy has always been based on maintaining more convergence and mutual respect for the sovereignty of other countries, especially the neighbors, and the observance of good neighborliness," he added.

In the same way, Iran expects the regional countries to avoid making false allegations and to show mutual respect without interfere in the internal affairs of others, Qassemi added.

He finally called on the Arab League members to push for building confidence and promoting stability in the region, and to build their policies upon realism, interaction, dialogue, and goodwill.

In its final statement, the Arab League has accused Iran of interference in the affairs of Arab countires, calling for more international sanctions on Iran.

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