Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

Syria, Iran to dominate Arab League summit Ambassador Al Buainain heads Qatar delegation to Arab Summit
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"The league's final statement was clearly under the heavy shadow of Saudi Arabia's destructive policies", he added. We categorically refuse to recognise Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, where East Al-Quds will remain the capital of Palestine.

The statement also included the need to confront regional intervention in the domestic affairs of Arab countries, in addition to any intervention that targets their social unity and national identity.

The last Arab summit was held in Jordan a year ago.

Heads of state and top officials from 21 Arab states will attend the summit excluding Syria that was suspended from the league in 2011 over Syrian regime's crackdown on protesters after peaceful protests in the southern part of the country.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman will chair Sunday's summit in the eastern city of Dhahran, home to Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco and 160 kilometres (100 miles) across the Gulf from Iran.

And despite being an ally of the United States, the ruler also criticised US President Donald Trump controversial decision to transfer America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has criticised Donald Trump's decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


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

They will also condemn Iran's interference in the affairs of the Arab states as a stark violation to the global law and will urge Tehran to stop all provocative acts that undermine trust-building efforts and threaten regional stability and security, especially after Iran-backed Houthis escalated firing missiles against Saudi Arabia.

The King welcomed the statement issued by the Security Council, which strongly condemned the launching of Iran-made ballistic missiles by the Houthi militia on Saudi cities.

Arab ministers at a preliminary meeting in Riyadh on Thursday focused heavily on blocking the embassy move, unanimously condemning Trump's decision.

In attendance were leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah.

Syria's war, the most complex of the region's conflicts, is the main point of contention pitting Riyadh and its allies, who mainly back Sunni rebels, against regime backer Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

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