Cairo: The Arab League’s Council of Foreign Ministers on Thursday strongly condemned the hostile statements made by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah against the Kingdom of Bahrain, on January 9.
Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan led the UAE delegation to the extraordinary meeting which was held at the Arab League’s Secretariat General, in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
In its final communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Council holds the Lebanese government fully responsible for these statements and demands it to issue a clear statement on these hostile statements, considering Nasrallah’s remarks as an explicit incitement to violence and terrorism and aim to destabilize the security and stability of Bahrain and other GCC countries.
The Council said the remarks represent a blatant and unacceptable interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs and an encroachment on the independence and sovereignty of an Arab League member state.
The Council demanded the Lebanese government to take necessary and deterrent measures to ensure such defamatory statements will not be recurred.
The Council explained that these demands were stipulated by the Arab League Charter and Arab and international norms and principles of good neighbourliness, non-interference into other states’ internal affairs, and respect for sovereignty and independence of states.
Lebanon’s delegate rejected the Arab League’s statement and asked for more time to consult with his government so as to tackle the issue and preserve the calm in inter-Arab relations.