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Arab League's annual summit starts in Saudi Arabia

Arab League's annual summit starts in Saudi Arabia Arab League's annual summit starts in Saudi Arabia
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 17:44

Saudi King Salman told leaders from across the 22-member Arab League that Iran was to blame for instability and meddling in the region.

On Dec. 6, 2017, Trump announced his official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instructed the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed holy city, which promptly triggered fury and condemnation throughout the Arab world.

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the President of the previous Arab League Summit, delivered a speech in which he expressed his thanks to King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the warm reception and generous hospitality.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other Arab leaders arrived in the city of Dhahran, south to Dammam, on Saturday to participate in the 29th Arab summit.

He said that Arab national security is a complete and indivisible system.

Arab League's annual summit starts in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom is well aware of the importance of this summit, which is taking place in the midst of critical worldwide and regional circumstances and the great challenges facing the Arab region and the world, which requires the adoption of the necessary serious measures and mechanisms that help Arab countries to overcome this phase peacefully in order to preserve the entity of the Nation and defend the future generations at a clear pace, within a framework of Arab solidarity aimed at protecting Arab collective security and supporting joint Arab action.

"The Palestinian case is our priority and will remain so until all the Palestinians gain their rights", he said, stressing that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

"There will be no security and stability in the Middle East without a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and without it, despair will prevail, extremism will expand, anger will increase and the situation will stand ready to explode at any moment", the King has warned, according to the report.

On Wednesday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Riyadh for preparatory meetings ahead of the summit. "We have devoted all energies to preserve the longstanding legal and historic status quo in it and safeguard the Holy City and its identity and Islamic and Christian sanctities, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Haram Al Sharif", it quoted the King as affirming.