Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

President discusses developments in Middle East ahead of 29th Arab League summit

President discusses developments in Middle East ahead of 29th Arab League summit

In his speech at the summit, King Salman stressed that the Palestinian issue is "our first issue and will remain so" expressing his condemnation of the decision of the USA administration to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem.

The King will deliver the opening speech at the summit in his capacity as president of the 28th Arab Summit that was hosted by Jordan in March 2017. He also welcomed an agreement to establish an Arab cultural summit.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein was sworn in as Regent in the presence of Cabinet members.

King Salman named the current Arab League Summit the "Jerusalem Summit" to remind everyone around the world that Palestine is engraved in the conscience of the Arab people.

AL Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit noted that the crises gripping the Middle East will further deteriorate and weaken the entire region if not harnessed.

The provision accused Iran of interfering in Arab countries' affairs.

"We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem", the king said in a speech in Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Other countries strongly condemned the assault, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it an "act of aggression against a sovereign state that has been fighting against terrorism" and Iranian supreme leader slamming US President Trump, French President Macron and UK Prime Minister May as "criminals".

The Qatari delegation will be headed by Doha's permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam al-Buainain, the state news agency said without elaborating.

HM the King expressed gratitude to King Salman for the gracious welcome and hospitality accorded to him, noting that Saudi Arabia enjoys a distinguished position in the hearts of All Arabs and Muslims.

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