Saudi King slams Iranian meddling in regional affairs By

Saudi King slams Iranian meddling in regional affairs By

The 22-member Arab League held its annual summit on Sunday in Dhahran, eastern Saudi Arabia.

King Salman expressed his strong condemnation to the "Iranian-allied" Houthi militants' attacks on different cities of Saudi Arabia.

"We extend our support to the Palestinians' right to establish their homeland based on the 1967 lines with the capital city Jerusalem, as stated in the global resolutions and Arab peace initiative", said Al-Jubeir during his speech at foreign ministers' preparatory meeting on Friday.

"During the closing session, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Saqr told the conference that a lasting, comprehensive peace continues to be "...the central cause of our nation, to reach the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the borders of June 4, 1967".

The summit also issued the "Dhahran Declaration" which brought the viewpoint of the Arab leaders on the issues related to the region.

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.

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

On Sunday, King Salman made it clear he was unhappy with Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an opinion backed by the other leaders at the summit.

The Arab League summit's final communique called for more worldwide sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen.

"One of the most serious challenges facing our world today is terrorism which has allied with extremism and sectarianism to produce internal conflicts affecting many Arab countries", the Saudi King said.

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

The leaders will stress that East Jerusalem is the future capital of the Palestinian state, and condemn all Israeli unilateral measures and settlement activities.

The push against Iran is being led "predominantly by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with other Arab countries including Egypt", Krieg said.

Assad was not invited to the gathering, though most heads of state from across the Middle East and North Africa attended the Arab League meeting, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Iran is an ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and has been waging a proxy war in Yemen against Riyadh.

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