Saudi Arabia: Iran wants to replicate Hezbollah model wherever possible

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Abdullah al-Maalami the Saudi Permanent Representative in the United Nations, said that Iran supports sectarian militias and tries to replicate the Hezbollah model wherever it gets an opportunity.

Maalami also stressed that Saudi Arabia is ready to participate in any international efforts to eliminate terrorism.

He added that the criminal regimes in Iran and Syria are trying to take advantage of Palestinian cause, highlighting that the way to peace is ending the occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state as per the 1967 borders.

Iran’s ‘destructive activities’

Meanwhile, the US called on the International Security Council on Thursday to minimize the focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to give priority to the devastating activities of Iran in the Middle East.

US Ambassador Nicky Hayley described Iran as the “main cause” of conflicts in the Middle East, pledging to work with Washington’s partners to demand that Iran comply with UN resolutions.

Hayley spoke about Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad, supplying it with weapons, training militias in Iraq, and supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon, describing the activities as destabilizing.

Hayley’s remarks come a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the Iranian nuclear deal a failure, two days after President Donald Trump issued an order to review the sanctions section of Iran as per the deal.

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