UN fails over Israel attacks as Egypt accuses Iran

Egypt blames other states on Israel attacks in Gaza as it still refuses to open vital borders for Gazans living under heavy siege and bombardments.

UN fails over Israel attacks as Egypt accuses Iran
Egypt blames other states on Israel attacks in Gaza as it still refuses to open vital borders for Gazans living under heavy siege and bombardments.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in an interview with the Dubai-based Al Arabiya television, renewed his attacks on Iran, accusing Tehran of trying to control vital Arab interests and use this influence as leverage in any talks with the new U.S. administration.

Arab diplomats submitted a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council seeking an end to the Israeli offensive and describing it as excessive and disproportionate.

But the council failed and adjourned without a vote on Wednesday.

"In such an extremely difficult situation we should show some flexibility to convince others of our demands," Aboul Gheit said in the interview on Thursday.

Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday, agreed to send a delegation to lobby the Security Council into taking action to end the Israeli onslaught that has killed more than 400 people.

"There is a country like Iran outside the Arab world that wants to hold as many (Arab) cards to tell the coming U.S. administration 'if you want to talk about issues like the security of the Gulf or the nuclear file you should talk to us'," Aboul Gheit said.

Aboul Gheit added: "We should keep the hands of non-Arabs off the Palestinian issue, and some of the Arab hands as well," he added in an apparent reference to Syria.


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