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Arab Ministers Meet amid Iran Row

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 3 (ICANA) – The [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers meet in Riyadh amid growing tension between Iran and the Arab states over Tehran's refusal to support Western-backed autocratic regimes' crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Sunday, April 03, 2011 9:43:22 PM
Arab Ministers Meet amid Iran Row

The extraordinary meeting comes after Tehran warned Riyadh that it was "playing with fire" by deploying troops in neighboring Bahrain while Kuwait claimed it had uncovered an Iranian spy ring, AFP reported.

Iran has dismissed Kuwait's allegation as baseless.

On Saturday, the council's new Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of the council member states, claiming it "threatened security and stability in the region.”

The council's members are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Analysts say that despite being mistreated by the Persian Gulf states, Iran has always responded with compassion to its Arab neighbors.

When Iraq attacked Iran back in 1980, the rulers of Persian Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, offered billions of dollars in aid to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to kill innocent Iranian civilians.

“Iran did nothing to respond to that in fact they were very nice to the Kuwaitis,” IGA Director Ali al-Ahmed told Press TV on Saturday.

When Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990, the Persian Gulf states all voiced regret for supporting the Baghdad regime, and apologized to Iran. Tehran overlooked the animosity of Kuwait and later sent its oil workers to the country to help put out the fire engulfing the Arab country's oil wells.

In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, Kuwait was turned into a military base. Saudi Arabia sent human bombers to Kuwait, and Riyadh and Washington each assumed a fresh role in the new war.

“Blaming Iran for various things is the easiest way for Saudi Arabia to hide the clan's real plans for all the [Persian] Gulf countries,” Ahmed said.

It appears that there is no end to the mistakes of Arab rulers.

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