Arab League Summit Condemns Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by Damascus

A general view of the city of Jerusalem shows the Dome of the Rock mosque

Sixteen Arab leaders are attending the summit, which comes one day after the U.S., France and Britain launched a joint airstrike in Syria in the wake of a suspected chemical attack by regime forces.

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the President of the previous Arab League Summit, delivered a speech in which he expressed his thanks to King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the warm reception and generous hospitality.

King Salman named the current Arab League Summit the "Jerusalem Summit" to remind everyone around the world that Palestine is engraved in the conscience of the Arab people.

HM the King also paid tribute to the Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Arab League Secretariat-General's staff for their efforts to prepare for the 29th Summit.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday opened an Arab League summit by criticising USA president Donald Trump's decision to transfer the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Thursday's preparatory meeting of Arab foreign ministers said there could be "no peace and security in the region as long as Iran continues to interfere in the domestic affairs of Arab states".

The first of these leaders to arrive in Saudi Arabia were Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Iraqi President Fouad Maasum, Comoros President Azali Assoumani, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, United Arab Emirates Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj and Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Saeed.

Arab leaders opened their annual summit in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday.

HM King Hamad expressed appreciation of and pride in all the armed forces participating in the "Gulf Shied-I" drills, now held in Saudi Arabia, wishing the exercise every success, and expressing hope that similar joint military drills will be held, given their great benefits for the security of Arab countries and the progress of the people.

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