Saudi king attacks Trump over Israel embassy move

Sunday, 15 Apr, 2018

Top leaders of the Arab world started arriving in Saudi Arabia ahead of the 29th Arab League summit to be held in Dammam today.

Saudi Arabia's push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Held amid tight security measures in Dhahran in the Eastern Province, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz will open the summit, whose agenda will cover several issues of Arab concern.

The heads of the Arab League states condemn the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian authorities, according to the final statement of the Arab League Summit. He commended the US, UK and France for Saturday's attack, saying when a ruthless regime commits war crimes, the worldwide community has the right to take action and save innocent civilians.

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.

"Bahrain always appreciates your courageous stances in its support, and in rejection and condemnation of external interference that affects the internal affairs of our country, and which we are working on repelling and defeating", HM the King added.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab and non-Arab allies believe that Lebanon and Iraq are Iran's backyard and their sovereignty is violated by the Islamic Republic.

Addressing the meeting, Aboul-Gheit said the decline of Arab influence on the situation in Syria had led to the "domination of foreign powers" there, paving the way for the country's eventual disintegration.