Saudi King Salman inaugurates 'Jerusalem Summit' in Dhahran

Leslie Hanson
April 15, 2018

In his opening speech at the Arab League summit, Salman also criticised the 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.

A source from the Arab League told Asharq Al-Awsat that the kings, presidents and leaders of 17 countries will attend the summit. He also welcomed an agreement to establish an Arab cultural summit.

HM the King also expressed thanks and appreciation to HM King Abdulla II of Jordan for his wise leadership of the Arab Summit during his presidency, citing Jordan's initiatives and clear contributions to enhancing joint action. They were received by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, governor of Eastern Region; Prince Ahmed bin Fahad bin Salman, deputy governor, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, and a number of officials.

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

During the preparatory meeting on Thursday, Saudi Arabia said the Palestinian conflict would top the summit's agenda, though it is likely that airstrikes on Syria from the US, UK and France will now result in a shift in priorities.

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.

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".

HM King Hamad expressed appreciation of and pride in all the armed forces participating in the "Gulf Shied-I" drills, now held in Saudi Arabia, wishing the exercise every success, and expressing hope that similar joint military drills will be held, given their great benefits for the security of Arab countries and the progress of the people.

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