Iran re­jects Arab quar­tet com­mit­tee’s ac­cu­sa­tions as ‘delu­sive’

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TEHRAN - The anti-Iran ac­cu­sa­tions raised in the fi­nal state­ment of the Arab quar­tet’s min­is­te­rial meet­ing is ill-founded, base­less, delu­sive and of­fen­sive, Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Fri­day.

In a Wed­nes­day state­ment pub­lished on the For­eign Min­istry’s of­fi­cial web­site, Qassemi said the state­ment is­sued on the an­niver­sary of the 9/11 at­tacks in the U.S., car­ried out by el­e­ments from Arab coun­tries, was a blame-game and fruit­less ef­fort to di­vert the at­ten­tion of the world’s pub­lic opin­ion away from the U.S. war­mon­ger­ing and years-long sup­port for ter­ror­ism and ter­ror­ist groups.

The spokesman went on to say that the com­mit­tee mem­bers is­sued the state­ment at a time when their de­struc­tive war on Ye­men has re­sulted in an un­prece­dented hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe.

“The war has not only de­stroyed ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture in Ye­men but also left mil­lions of in­no­cent peo­ple starv­ing, ill and im­pov­er­ished,” he said.

Un­der such cir­cum­stances, he said, the ag­gres­sors, in­dif­fer­ent to their crimes and amid the si­lence of in­ter­na­tional groups and bod­ies, are in­sist­ing on their cat­a­strophic mis­takes and ex­pand­ing the ex­tent of this un­prece­dented crime by the virtue of the sup­port pro­vided by cer­tain ex­tra-re­gional states.

Qassemi said Tehran has al­ways at­tached huge im­por­tance to the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of its neigh­bors, and adopted a pol­icy based on mu­tual trust and re­spect, seek­ing a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment along its bor­ders.

The spokesman noted Iran has never put med­dling in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of other states on its agenda and un­like the claims raised in the state­ment, the Is­lamic Repub­lic has stood by the re­gional states at their re­quest amid ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion.

“We main­tain that the ac­cu­sa­tions lev­elled and the claims raised in the state­ment are mainly built on un­founded and un­re­al­is­tic Ira­nopho­bic il­lu­sions and poli­cies dic­tated by oth­ers to the Arab states,” he said.

He fi­nally ad­vised the Arab League mem­bers to aban­don such “doomed tac­tics and ap­proaches” and give con­struc­tive re­sponses to the at­tempts made and ini­tia­tives put for­ward by the Is­lamic Repub­lic to hold re­gional di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion.

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