Syria and Iran to dominate Arab League summit agenda

Saudi King lambasts Iran's alleged

Syria and Iran to dominate Arab League summit agenda

Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened a summit of Arab leaders on Sunday by condemning an old foe, Iran, without making any reference to missile strikes by Western powers on Syrian government targets over a suspected gas attack a week ago.

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The President along other delegates including MPs and ministers flew to Dammam town to attend the conference.

The 82-year-old monarch dubbed the Arab League meet the "Jerusalem summit" as he took aim at Washington's decision to recognise the disputed city as the capital of Israel and transfer the United States embassy from Tel Aviv.

The summit also reaffirmed UAE's sovereignty over its three islands and reiterated its support for all peaceful means and measures taken by the UAE to restore its sovereignty over the occupied islands.

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"East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories", he stressed.

And despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, the ruler also criticised US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shift the US embassy there.

The communique called for more worldwide sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen.

"Iran and terrorism are two sides of the same coin in the region", he said, while stressing that Houthi militias bear full responsibility for the crisis in Yemen.

Iran is backing Houthi rebels that Riyadh opposes in Yemen and on Sunday Salman praised "the UN Security Council's statement denouncing the Iranian-made ballistic missile fire on Saudi cities".

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Three of these missiles, by now numbered 119, targeted Makkah, Muslims holiest place, proved again to the global community the danger of Iranian behavior in the region, its violation of the principles of worldwide law and ignorance of the values, ethics and good neighborliness.

"We know that Malaysia is a faraway land from the Gulf region but the fact that it still participated in the joint exercise only proves that Malaysia is a peace-loving nation", he said.

The Arab League called on Sunday for an worldwide probe into the "criminal" use of chemical weapons in Syria and condemned what it saw as Iran's interference in the affairs of other countries. "We condemn its hostile attempts aimed at destabilising security and spreading sectarian sedition, considered a threat to Arab national security and a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law".

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