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Saudi Arabia, which takes over the rotating chair of the Arab summit from Jordan, announced that this gathering would be named the "Quds (Jerusalem) Summit", a reference to US President Donald Trump's decision past year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which Arab states condemned.

"Saudi Arabia announces a $150-million grant to support the administration of Jerusalem's Islamic property", the monarch during his opening speech at the summit.

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

The report said that in His Majesty King Abdullah's visits and meetings with kings, presidents and heads of state over the past year, as well as Jordan's entry of regional and worldwide organisations and blocs, the Kingdom made it clear that comprehensive and lasting peace is a strategic Arab option, embodied in the peace initiative adopted by all Arab countries at the Beirut Summit in 2002, which was backed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and remains the most comprehensive and viable plan to achieve a historic reconciliation, based on Israel's withdrawal from all the occupied Palestinian territories.

In mid-March, UNRWA said it did not have the necessary funds to continue running until the summer. And despite being an ally of the United States, the ruler also criticised US President Donald Trump controversial decision to transfer America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said Bashar Al Assad's government and "international players trying to achieve their own strategic political goals" bear responsibility for the collapse of that nation.

"The crises burning in some corners of the Arab world today. cast a shadow over the safety and security over the entire region", Mr Aboul-Gheit said.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday slammed Iran's "blatant interference" in regional affairs and criticized the US over Jerusalem as Arab leaders met in the kingdom for an annual gathering.

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In the same way, he added, Iran expects regional countries not to make false allegations, show mutual respect, and not interfere in each other's affairs.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Qatar's crisis would not be on the table at the Arab League summit, Al Arabiya reported.

Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League.

Qatar was not represented by a senior official at the summit, instead its delegation was headed by Doha's permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam Al Buainain.

The summit also comes with Saudi Arabia and Qatar locked in a monthslong diplomatic standoff, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.

They stressed importance of reaching a cohesive and everlasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with the 2002 Beirut Summit's Arab peace initiative.

"Tehran's principled policy has always been based on maintaining more convergence and mutual respect for the sovereignty of other countries, especially the neighbours, and the observance of good neighbourliness".



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