Saudi says Arab summit wants int'l probe into chemical weapons in Syria

Saudi says Arab summit wants int'l probe into chemical weapons in Syria

Saudi says Arab summit wants int'l probe into chemical weapons in Syria

Arab leaders come together in a meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue of the current situation of Syria and Jerusalem.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the latest Arab League summit with a salvo aimed at President Donald Trump's decision to transfer the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim.

He also announced a $150m (£105m) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem, including the Al Aqsa mosque, and $50m (£35m) in funding for the United Nations agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees.

Participants will condemn Iran's continued interference in the internal Arab affairs during the summit that is taking place in the eastern province of Dhahran of Saudi Arabia, and will urge Iran to exhibit a good neighbourly policy and refrain from using force or threatening to use force against neighbours.

Minister Awad who reached Saudi Arabia on Thursday attended the preparatory meeting on Friday ahead of the Summit.

Most of the 22 other countries sent heads of state or government.

There has been a clear quest and coordination with the Palestinians to launch serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, end the political stalemate and proceed according to a specific timeline to end the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, which guarantees setting up an independent Palestinian state on the June 4,1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, as the only means to bring about regional security and stability.

Iranian state media quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying the Arab League's condemnation was the result of pressure from Saudi Arabia, Tehran's regional rival.

The two regional titans back opposing sides in a range of hotspots across the Middle East, including Lebanon and Syria and in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen.

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 Houthi rebels.

Saudi tensions with neighboring Qatar were also on display at the summit.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which both voiced support for the strikes, remain locked in a months-long diplomatic standoff, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.

The last time the bloc made a concrete move was in 2011, when it suspended Syria's membership over the Assad regime's role in the war.

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

Despite widespread Arab condemnation of the suspected chemical attack, the Dhahran summit is unlikely to call for Assad to step down.

The Gulf states have donated large amounts of money to help refugees from the country but have not officially offered them asylum.

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