US President George W. Bush claims Iran is a threat to global security, calling on Arab allies to join the US to confront the nation.
“Iran is today the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” Bush alleged in his speech in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.
He said that Washington and Arab countries must join together to deal with the danger ‘before it’s too late’.
Bush alleged that Iran funded terrorist extremists, undermined peace in Lebanon, and provided arms for the Taliban.
Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere; it seeks ‘to intimidate its neighbors with missiles and bellicose rhetoric’, Bush continued.
US allies in the region have expressed concern that Bush’s war of words against Tehran may be aimed at drumming up support for military action against Iran.
The oil-rich Arab countries say any conflict could lead to insecurity in the whole region.
Senior Arab officials have repeatedly said that they will not allow the United States to use their countries as a launch pad for any strike against Iran.
“Mr. President, the region needs smart initiatives not smart bombs,” wrote Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai in a front-page editorial, following Bush’s trip to the country.