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Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request


A general view of the Arab League participants during lunch in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh, March 29, 2017

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next week in Cairo at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum seen by AFP.

The call for an urgent meeting was also reported by an unnamed official league source who spoke to Egypt's MENA state news agency.

It comes amid escalating tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.

According to the memo, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile the Sunni-ruled kingdom says its air defenses intercepted over Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of "direct military aggression" against the kingdom by supplying Huthi rebels with ballistic missiles.

Iran has denied any involvement in the missile attack while calling the Saudi accusations “false, destructive, irresponsible and, above all, provocative."

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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