Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Wednesday condemned the anti-Iran statement and said issuing such statements on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which several citizens of the committee’s member states took part, is part of “a blame game and a futile attempt to deflect the world and the global public opinion from warmongering and their years-long support for terrorism and terrorist groups.”
“Members of the committee have issued such a statement while the consequences of their devastating war in Yemen have led to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe in the present history, and besides razing the infrastructure of the country it has caused famine, sickness, displacement and poverty of millions of innocent people,” Qassemi added.
The Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee, which met in Cairo on the sidelines of an Arab League meeting, on Tuesday accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries and supporting and arming terrorist groups in the region.
Qassemi rejected the claims as baseless, reaffirming Iran’s policy to support stability and security in its neighbors, saying his country has never pursued interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
Iran has always stood by regional countries in hard times when requested, he added.
“In our opinion, the allegations in this statement do more than anything stem from illusions and Iranophobic policies dictated to these countries, and they are groundless and lack any concrete or real evidence,” he said.
He also urged the Arab committee to respond to Iran's initiatives for dialogue and cooperation in the region to resolve the problems instead of following Iranophobia policies.