Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Saudi king denounces 'blatant interference' by Iran in Arab affairs

Saudi king denounces 'blatant interference' by Iran in Arab affairs

"We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem", the king said in a speech in Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia.

"The Palestinian case is our priority and will remain so until all the Palestinians gain their rights", he said, stressing that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday, left for Saudi Arabia to take part in the 29th Arab Summit that opens in the city of Dhahran today. The summit will be concluded by a major military parade, which will be attended by the leaders, headed by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

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

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.

HM King Hamad expressed optimism that King Salman's wise leadership will consolidate Arab countries' worldwide presence and enable them to work effectively and constructively with allies and friends as essential parties that determine the course of the regional and global challenges they face, particularly foreign interference and ambitions, which, he said, requires more solidarity and cooperation as the best means to unify the Arab entity and ensure its security and stability. He asked: "Should the world sit and watch as an arrogant ruler (Syrian President Bashar Assad) commits genocide in his own country?"

The two rivals are engaged in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria but also back opposing sides in Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain.

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