Assistant Foreign Minister Participates in Arab Ministerial Committee on Crisis with Iran

September 9, 2020

The Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al-Doseri, took part in the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee on the follow-up on the crisis with Iran and ways to counter its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. The Committee, consisting of the United Arab Emirates (chairmanship), the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Republic of Egypt as well as the Arab League Secretary-General, held its virtual meeting today, on the sideline of the meeting of the 154th Ordinary Session of Arab League Council at the Ministerial Level.

The Committee discussed developments in the crisis of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the course of Arab relations with Iran and ways to deal with Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. It was also briefed on the report prepared by the General Secretariat in this regard and on the monitoring of the main negative statements of Iranian officials against Arab countries.

During the meeting, the Assistant Foreign Minister stressed the importance of the Committee and its follow-up on developments in the crisis with Iran, as well as the Kingdom of Bahrain’s supportive position. He also underlined the importance of monitoring Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, indicating that the Kingdom of Bahrain will provide the General Secretariat with a report on Iranian interference in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s internal affairs.

The Committee affirmed the Arab and international decisions condemning Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and countries of the region. It also condemned Iran's continued support for acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arab countries, stressing its support for the measures taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to confront these aggressive acts in order to protect its security and stability.

The Committee also condemned the unacceptable statements of the Secretary-General of the terrorist Hezbollah against the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Yemen, which constitutes a blatant interference in their internal affairs, stressing that this party is a major source of tension that should be deterred and confronted along with those who support it.

The Ministerial Committee affirms its absolute rejection of any offence to symbols and leaderships, and calls on the Lebanese government to condemn the blatant statements and interference by one of its basic components, within the framework of the commitment to the brotherly relations linking the Arab countries with the Lebanese Republic, welcoming the decision of Germany and Kosovo to designate the Lebanese Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

In addition, the Committee denounced and condemned the constant Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain in all forms, and Iran's support for terrorism through training and harbouring terrorists, which contradicts with the principle of good neighbourliness, respect for the sovereignty and independence of states and non-interference in their internal affairs in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, affirming its support for every measure taken by the Kingdom of Bahrain to preserve its security and stability.

It also welcomed the decision of a number of countries to add the terrorist, Iranian based, Ashtar Brigades group in the Kingdom of Bahrain and a number of its members to the list of terrorists, as this position reflects the determination of the countries of the world to confront all forms of terrorism at the regional and international levels, and represents support for the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its measures to promote its security, stability and peace.

The Committee welcomed the Kingdom of Bahrain hosting of the work of the International Conference on Maritime and Air Navigation Security on October 21-22, 2019, in which more than 60 countries has participated, confirming the role of the Kingdom of Bahrain in establishing regional security and stability and confronting the risks of Iranian practices that pose a great threat to maritime and air navigation in the region.