Saudi rejects USA plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, inaugurated the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran on Sunday at the King Abdulaziz International Cultural Center.

The main focus of King Salman's opening speech was Iran, which he criticised for "terrorist acts" and "blatant interference" in regional affairs, particularly the conflict in Yemen.

The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance the relations between Palestine and Egypt and the need to mobilize Arab support for Palestine.

The fate of Jerusalem will also be on the agenda as the USA prepares to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring it Israel's capital.

HM the King also expressed thanks and appreciation to HM King Abdulla II of Jordan for his wise leadership of the Arab Summit during his presidency, citing Jordan's initiatives and clear contributions to enhancing joint action.

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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.

"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".

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.

"We renew our optimism of the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his great efforts to ensure a strong Arab role, a unified position and a clear message that the global community understands, appreciates and responds to", HM the King added.