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President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

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Jay Anderson | 16 April, 2018, 12:00

King Salman says that Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The main focus of King Salman's opening speech was Iran, which he criticised for "terrorist acts" and "blatant interference" in regional affairs, particularly the conflict in Yemen.

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.

Despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, the ruler also criticised US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shift the US embassy there.

On the Palestinian issue, Aboul-Gheit said Arab efforts have succeeded in taking a firm stand against the December decision by the USA to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing the American decision as a "regression in our Palestinian cause".

"East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories", he added.

King Salman announced a $150 million donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

The Arab League chief also spoke about "Iranian interventions" that have targeted Yemen, threatening Saudi Arabia's southern borders.




Saudi Arabia used its position as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.

The summit begins on Sunday in the East coast city of Dammam.

Last month the Security Council issued a statement condemning Houthi missile attacks on Saudi, but did not name Iran.

Not on the table at the summit, according to Krieg, is Qatar, cut off from its Gulf allies over accusations of ties to Iran and support for Islamist extremists-claims denied by Doha. Qatar's emir was not in attendance, instead dispatching his country's Arab League representative to the meeting.

Among the leaders in attendance was Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, who walked the red carpet and was greeted by King Salman.

The Arab League was founded in 1945 to protect newly-won independence throughout the region.

There was little mention of Syria, whose president Bashar al Assad was not invited to the summit.

Syria has been suspended from the organization for the past seven years over Assad's initial crackdown on protests before the uprising turned into all-out war.

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