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Arab League summit kicks off; focus on Jerusalem, Syrian crisis

IANS  |  Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) 

The 29th (AL) Summit kicked off in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of on Sunday, with leaders from 22 member states attending it.

The summit will focus on Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, the Syrian crisis especially after an and the US-led airstrikes, Yemen's civil war, as well as fighting against terrorism, reported.

UN Antonio Guterres, and of the Commission Moussa Faki and High of the for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy are also participating in the one-day summit.

Saudi referred to the Palestinian issue as the top agenda of the Arab meeting.

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

The also denounced Iran's interference in other states' internal affairs by committing "terror acts", calling for the unity of the Arab world against it.

noted that the crises gripping the will further deteriorate and weaken the entire region if not harnessed.

He believed there has been a huge setback in the process of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after US Donald Trump's announcement.

On December 6, 2017, Trump announced his official recognition of as Israel's capital and instructed the relocation of the from to the disputed holy city, which promptly triggered fury and condemnation throughout the Arab world.

The situation has become even worse since the beginning of the six-week "Great March of Return" rally by Palestinians on March 30, where 32 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,000 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the border areas.

"So it is important to support Palestinians and (Palestinian President) Abbas," Aboul-Gheit said.

The also slammed for its support for the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the Arab states should unite with against

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 21:18 IST
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