Saudi King lambasts Iran's alleged "blatant interference" in Arab affairs

Maricruz Casares
Abril 15, 2018

"The Arab League summit harshly condemns the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against the Syrian people", the statement said as quoted by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir during the summit in the city of Dhahran that focused on the situation in Syria after the Western strike.

"We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem", said the king, adding that "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories".

The fate of Jerusalem will also be on the agenda as the USA prepares to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring it Israel's capital.

He added: "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories". The summit will be concluded by a major military parade, which will be attended by the leaders, headed by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

Mr Trump then told reporters that the relationship between the two countries was "probably the strongest it has ever been", adding: "We understand each other".

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Sunday's summit comes three months after the US officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering world outcry.

Salman announced that Riyadh would be making a $150 million donation to East Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman slammed Iran's "blatant interference" in regional affairs as Arab leaders met in the kingdom on Sunday for an annual summit. The two regional titans, locked in proxy wars in Syria and in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbor Yemen, back opposing parties in Iraq and Lebanon.

And, despite their condemnation of the suspected chemical attack earlier this month, the league members are unlikely to call for Assad to stand down.

Qatar will not be represented by a senior official at an Arab summit taking place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, in a sign that a almost year-old dispute between Gulf Arab neighbours is still a long way from being resolved.

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