Saudi king rejects United States plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Saudi king rejects United States plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Saud al-Qahtani, Saudi royal court advisor, published a photo showing various Arab leaders before a simple dinner table spread after finishing the conclusion of the 29th Arab League Summit held in Dhahran.

During the summit, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz criticized Tehran's influence on Arab countries, claiming that it violated the principles of global law. We categorically refuse to recognise Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, where East Al-Quds will remain the capital of Palestine.

The last Arab summit was held in Jordan past year.

Topping the list of issues to be discussed are the Palestinian issue and financial support for Palestine, the crisis in Yemen, the Syrian conflict and Iran's interference in the internal affairs of the Arab states, among others.

Last December, Trump reversed decades of USA policy by announcing the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The question of Jerusalem is also likely to figure prominently at the summit as the United States prepares to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring the disputed city the capital of Israel in a break with decades of global diplomacy.

"The Palestinian cause has been and will always be our main cause until the Palestinians regain their rights", he said.

"We renew our strong condemnation of Iran's terrorist acts in the Arab region and reject its blatant interference in the affairs of Arab countries", the king said.

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

King Salman announced a $150 million donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

Moreover, Qassemi called on the Arab League member states to take necessary measures to build confidence and promote stability in the region.

In February, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have expressed concern over Iran's failure to block supplies of missiles to Yemen's Houthis.

During the past months, Houthi fighters in Yemen have fired ballistic missiles across the Saudi border on several cities including Mecca, which have been intercepted by Saudi air defences.

Not at the summit is Qatar, which has been cut off from its Gulf allies over accusations of ties to Iran and support for extremists - claims denied by Doha.

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.

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