Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Saudi king rejects United States plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Saudi king rejects United States plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

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.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other Arab leaders arrived in the city of Dhahran, south to Dammam, on Saturday to participate in the 29th Arab summit.

"We renew our strong condemnation of Iran's terrorist acts in the Arab region and reject its blatant interference in the affairs of Arab countries", the king said.

King Abdullah II of Jordan stressing the need for a two-state solution for Palestine condemned the US's decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha on Saturday from a USA trip where he met President Donald Trump, who had publicly sided with the Saudis and Emiratis early in the crisis, but is now pushing for a resolution to restore Gulf Arab unity and maintain a united front against Iran.

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

Last month the Security Council issued a statement condemning Huthi missile attacks on Saudi, but did not name Iran. Qatar's emir did not attend the summit, instead dispatching Qatar's Arab League representative to the meeting.

Abbas also met his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi on the sideline of the Arab summit in Dhahran.

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.

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