Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

On Saturday, the umbrella Arab League said the summit will not discuss Gulf crisis, which was triggered by last year's cut-off of diplomatic ties between four Arab states and Qatar amid accusations for Doha of supporting terrorism.

Billboards with photos of Saudi King Salman and Arabic that reads, "welcome" line the road to the convention center where Arab leaders are meeting for an Arab summit meeting in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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.

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.

"We reiterate our rejection of the USA decision on Jerusalem", said the king, adding that "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories".

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

While calling upon the worldwide community to work towards facilitating delivery of humanitarian assistance in all regions of Yemen, the King said, "We hold the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias fully responsible for the emergence and continuation of the Yemeni crisis and the human suffering that has afflicted Yemen".

We welcome the statement issued by the Security Council, which strongly condemned the launching of Iran-made ballistic missiles by the Houthi militia on Saudi cities.

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"Three of these missiles, by now numbering 119, targeted Makkah, Muslims holiest place, proved again to the worldwide community the danger of Iranian behaviour in the region, its violation of the principles of global 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 Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran - not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen", said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of worldwide and Strategic Affairs.

"Terrorism has allied with extremism and sectarianism to produce internal conflicts affecting many Arab countries".

Arab leaders except for Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit on Sunday as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran.

We condemn its hostile attempts aimed at destabilizing security and spreading sectarian sedition, considered a threat to Arab national security and a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law.

We also welcome the consensus on holding the Arab Cultural Summit, hoping that it will contribute to the advancement of the Arab-Islamic culture.

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