Saudi's King Salman attacks US, Iran

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

Sunday's summit comes three months after the USA officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering world outcry.

As we believe that the Arab national security is an integral and indivisible system, we have presented to you an initiative to deal with the challenges facing the Arab countries, titled 'Enhancing Arab National Security to Face Joint Challenges, ' stressing the importance of developing the Arab League and its system.

And despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, he also criticised US President Donald Trump controversial decision to transfer America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

King Salman said Saudi Arabia was donating $200-million to support the Palestinians, including $50-million for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

"The Saudis are 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 global and Strategic Affairs.

The king said he had named this year's meeting "the Jerusalem summit so that the entire world knows Palestine and its people remain at the heart of Arab concerns".

Top leaders of the Arab world started arriving in Saudi Arabia ahead of the 29th Arab League summit to be held in Dammam today.


The agenda for the summit was set out in the preparatory meeting on Thursday in Riyadh, where the foreign ministers of the 22 countries met.

Israel occupied mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

Regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran have been locked in a decades-long struggle for supremacy that is being waged in proxy wars in several countries, including Yemen and Syria.

We welcome the statement issued by the Security Council, which strongly condemned the launching of Iran-made ballistic missiles by the Houthi militia on Saudi cities.

Last month the Security Council issued a statement condemning Houthi missile attacks on Saudi, but did not name Iran.

Summits of the Arab League, established in 1945, rarely result in action.

Syria's war, the most complex of the region's conflicts, is the main point of contention pitting Riyadh and its allies, who mainly back Sunni rebels, against regime backer Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Earlier, Jordan's King Abdullah, the chairman of the previous Arab Summit, delivered a speech in which he thanked King Salman for the warm reception and generous hospitality.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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