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Iran Calls The Latest Arab Summit 'More Positive' Than In The Past

Bahram Ghasemi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman. File photo

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has welcomed the Arab League’s support for Syria’s territorial integrity, related to Golan Heights but has rejected parts of a statement Arab leaders issued at their summit in Tunis.

Bahram Ghasemi (Qassemi) told reporters on April 1 that Iran “has carefully reviewed developments” in the Arab summit on March 31, which condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

According to government-controlled ISNA news outlet, Ghasemi said, “The approach and the atmosphere of the Arab League summit was more positive than previous meetings” and the reason according to Ghasemi was “the wise and constructive management” of the host country Tunis.

There were also criticism of Turkey and Iran during the Tunis summit. The Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned “interventions” of Iran and Turkey in the region, which he said have made crises more enduring and complicated.

The Arab League had condemned Iran’s interventions in past meetings, but this year Turkey’s name was also added. The two countries are two major non-Arab Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Ghasemi rejected the accusation of Iran’s interventions, calling it “untrue and baseless”. He also called for unity among Muslims against Israel.

The Arab League invited Iran to work with Arab states on the basis of good neighborly ties and without interference in each others’ internal affairs.