Saudi king slams Iranian meddling in Arab states


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

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis during a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington Thomson Reuters DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Qatar will not be represented by a senior official at an Arab summit taking place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, in a sign that a almost year-old dispute between Gulf Arab neighbours is still a long way from being resolved.

The final statement released by the league declared the move "null and illegitimate".

But in his opening address Salman focused instead on rivalries with longtime foe Iran - only 160 kilometres (100 miles) across the Gulf from Dharan.

In this regard, we reiterate our strong condemnation of the terrorist acts carried out by Iran in the Arab region and reject its blatant interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.

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

"There is no contradiction with having very strong strategic ties with the U.S. while telling your friends where their policy should change", Jubeir said in response to a question by AFP.

Dhahran - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman reiterated that the Palestinian cause will remain the core Arab issue until the brotherly Palestinian people get all their legitimate rights, foremost of which was the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32-year-old son of the king and de facto ruler of the world's largest exporter of oil, has said Assad will stay.

The summit also comes with Saudi Arabia and Qatar locked in a monthslong diplomatic standoff, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.

Last month the Security Council issued a statement condemning Houthi missile attacks on Saudi, but did not name Iran.

Here is my speech today at the Arab League's Summit - on Syria and the other conflicts in the Middle East.

Among the leaders in attendance was Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, who walked the red carpet and was greeted by King Salman. Syria has been suspended from the pan-Arab body since 2011 over the regime's actions in the war.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani headed Qatar's delegation at last year's summit in Jordan.

Gulf Arab states have made massive donations to Syria but have not officially offered asylum to Syrians.