Arab League should try to solve regional problems instead of blaming Iran

President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran, shown in a handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April. 15, 2018.

King Salman also announced a $50 million donation to UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

In his opening speech to the summit, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz reiterated that East Jerusalem will remain part of the Palestinian territories.

A key focus of Jordan's policy is relaunching peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, with emphasis on the Arab Peace Initiative based on the two-state solution and the right of the Palestinians to establish their independent state on their national soil along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The summit will be attended by delegations from 21 of the Arab League's 22-member states.

Topping the list of issues to be discussed are the Palestinian issue and financial support for Palestine, the crisis in Yemen, the Syrian conflict and Iran's interference in the internal affairs of the Arab states, among others.

He condemned the U.S. plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, sparking anger among the Palestinians and the Arab world, who see the city as the capital of their future state.

Saudi Arabia and allies expressed support for the strikes on Saturday, but Iraq and Lebanon have condemned them.

On Libya, the Arab leaders will stress their commitment to supporting the unity and sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the North African country, rejecting any interference in its affairs.

Iran has always been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and backs Lebanon's Shia Hizbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces.

And despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, the ruler also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shift the U.S. embassy there.

Qatar was not represented by a senior official at the summit, instead its delegation was headed by Doha's permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam Al Buainain.

Arab leaders except for Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit on Sunday as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

Despite widespread Arab condemnation of the suspected chemical attack, the Dhahran summit is unlikely to call for Assad to step down.



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