Arab Summit Passes 15 Resolutions Indicting Iran

The Arab rulers accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab nations, including inciting Shiites against Sunnis, as well as arming and training Shiite terrorist groups for operations against legitimate Arab governments. They called out Tehran for its interference in the Syrian civil war and assault on its sovereignty.

However, the formal resolutions did not address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Later, a separate statement was issued, and the Arab rulers reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. A new round of peace talks was called for, to be based on a two-state formula. They renewed the 2002 “reconciliation” offer, which was drawn up by Saudi Arabia, saying if “Israel quit occupied Arab land and agreed to a deal on Palestinian refugees.”

According to an in DEBKA, “This was the first Arab summit to refrain from defining Israel’s future borders under a peace deal. This leaves the door open for leeway in the negotiations to take place as part of the new US-Saudi-Egyptian peace initiative we reported earlier now the subject of active exchanges between the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. King Abdullah of Jordan, who hosted the summit and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi will travel to Washington to report to President Donald Trump on the private discussions on this issue at the session and launch the next stage of the Arab-Israeli peace initiative.”

DEBKA Also listed the 15 resolutions submitted to the Arab summit:

1. Good neighborly relations should prevail between Iran and Arab countries and Iran’s meddling in the affairs of Arab countries condemned as a threat to the security and stability of the region.

2. The Islamic Republic of Iran should assume responsibility for an attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad and abide by the laws of diplomacy.

3. The Iranian government must tell its officials to desist from hostile, inflammatory remarks against Arab countries.

4. Iran must stop fomenting sectarian rivalries and withdraw support from groups who destabilize the Gulf countries and armed groups inside Arab countries.

5. Iran’s invasion of three Emirate islands (Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs) is condemned. They must be restored to lawful ownership by peaceful means.

6. Iran must stop supporting and training terrorists and sending arms and ammunition to rebel groups fighting the Bahrain government. 

7. Bahraini security agencies win praise for foiling a terrorist plot in December 2016 supported by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and terrorist Hizballah.

8. Iran’s nefarious meddling in the Syrian crisis has threatened its sovereignty, future stability, security and unity. 

9. Iranian meddling in Yemen’s affairs by backing forces fighting the legitimate government negatively affects the security of the country, its neighbors and the wider region.

10. The importance of the initiative taken by the Assistance Council of the Arab Gulf Countries is underlined and calls for a positive response from Iran

11. Iran must be bound to compliance with Security Council Resolution 2231 of 2015 and penalized swiftly with effective sanctions for any violations. Iran must be held to its commitments under the nuclear and regional environment treaties.

12. The Secretary General is entrusted with managing the commission of four Arab foreign ministers set up to thwart Iranian interference in Arab affairs.

13. Arabic assistance forums with countries, regional, and international groups will highlight the ill effects of Iranian meddling in their affairs.

14. This issue will be placed on the UN agenda under Section 2 of Article 7

15. The Arab League Secretary General will monitor the implementation of these resolutions and report on progress to the next Arab summit.