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Arab League summit kicks off with focus on Jerusalem conflict, Syrian crisis

15 April 2018, 05:20 | Opal Carroll

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

The summit will focus on Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, the Syrian crisis especially after an alleged chemical attack and the US -led airstrikes, Yemen's civil war, as well as fighting against terrorism.

King Abdullah II affirmed that Jerusalem is the key to peace in the region and the cornerstone for achieving a comprehensive solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital; based on the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative.

In his opening speech at the Arab League summit, Salman also criticised the controversial United States decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem but avoided any mention of Syria, just 24 hours after Western strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The report said that the Palestinian cause, the central Arab issue, is going through a hard and delicate phase of the nation's history as a result of the stalemate in the peace process and a lack of a political horizon.

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The king also denounced Iran's interference in other states' internal affairs by committing "terror acts", calling for the unity of the Arab world against it.

He believed there has been a huge setback in the process of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement.

"So it is important to support Palestinians and (Palestinian President) Abbas", Aboul-Gheit said.

The summit offers the Arab leaders an opportunity to discuss ongoing regional security issues, including the escalation of the Syrian conflict, the Saudi-Iran conflict, turmoil in Libya and the Israel-Palestine question.



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