HM King addresses Arab Summit

Laverne Higgins
April 15, 2018

"We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem", the royal said.

The American, French and British air strikes against Syrian regime chemical and military installations will be the most heated topic of discussion at the two-day summit, as well as Iran's meddling in Arab internal affairs.

The President briefed el-Sisi on the vision he had presented before the UN Security Council in which he stressed the need for a multi-lateral global peace conference that calls for the creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

King Salman named the current Arab League Summit the "Jerusalem Summit" to remind everyone around the world that Palestine is engraved in the conscience of the Arab people. They were received by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, governor of Eastern Region; Prince Ahmed bin Fahad bin Salman, deputy governor, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, and a number of officials.

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"The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran - not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen", said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of global and Strategic Affairs.

He believed there has been a huge setback in the process of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement.

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday, left for Saudi Arabia to take part in the 29th Arab Summit that opens in the city of Dhahran today.

On Saturday, the umbrella Arab League said the summit will not discuss Gulf crisis, which was triggered by last year's cut-off of diplomatic ties between four Arab states and Qatar amid accusations for Doha of supporting terrorism.

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