0903 GMT November 19, 2019
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that the behavior of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Iran would backfire in long term.
Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud on Sunday, IRNA reported.
He said that recent meetings, especially the Mecca Summit, showed that some Arab countries are repeating their past failed experiences.
The Iranian top parliamentarian said he appreciated the Syrian government and Iraq’s president for their stances in the Mecca Summit, saying that they indicated that they did not accept allegations leveled in the summit.
Saudi Arabia’s king told an emergency Arab summit on Thursday that decisive action was needed to stop what he claimed Iranian “escalations” in the region following alleged attacks on oil assets in the Persian Gulf.
The comments by King Salman Abdul Aziz came as Saudi Arabia hosted in Mecca emergency meetings of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League to counter what it said was Iran's growing influence.
An Arab statement and a separate communique issued after the wider summit both supported the right of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to defend their interests after the attacks on oil pumping stations in the kingdom and tankers off the UAE coast.
But Iraq, which has good ties with neighboring Iran and the US, said it objected to the Arab communique, which stated that any cooperation with Tehran should be based on "non-interference in other countries".
Iran has rejected "baseless" accusations made at an Arab summit, saying Saudi Arabia had joined the United States and Israel in a "hopeless" effort to mobilize regional opinion against Tehran.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi ... rejected the baseless accusations by the heads of certain Arab countries ... and said: ‘We see the Saudi effort to mobilize [regional] opinion as part of the hopeless process followed by America and the Zionist regime against Iran,’ IRNA reported on Friday.