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

15 April, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Saudi Arabia condemns Iran in wake of missile strikes in Syria

Held amid tight security measures in Dhahran in the Eastern Province, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz will open the summit, whose agenda will cover several issues of Arab concern.

King Salman, who travels rarely because of his declining health, said: "We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem".

"East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories", he added, Sputnik reported.

Reporters watch the speech of Saudi King Salman from a press room, during the opening of the Arab summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

His words come just weeks after his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Donald Trump.

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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".

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

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

"Saudi Arabia is going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran - not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen", said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of worldwide and Strategic Affairs. He asked: "Should the world sit and watch as an arrogant ruler (Syrian President Bashar Assad) commits genocide in his own country?"

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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