Saudi King lambasts Iran's alleged "blatant interference" in Arab affairs

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-rival Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League.

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

In his opening speech at the Arab League summit, Salman also criticised the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem but avoided any mention of Syria, just 24 hours after Western strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. "All key regional issues are on the agenda, with Syria, Yemen and Palestine at the top", Ali Al-Kayed, Jordanian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Arab News.

There was little mention of Syria, whose president Bashar al Assad was not invited to the summit.

Leaders of several Arab countries will attend the summit and they will hold closed-door talks to discuss the summit agenda.

Other countries strongly condemned the assault, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it an "act of aggression against a sovereign state that has been fighting against terrorism" and Iranian supreme leader slamming US President Trump, French President Macron and UK Prime Minister May as "criminals".

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.

The meeting was led by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who received the Arab League's rotating chairmanship from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in the presence of the secretary-general.

The provision accused Iran of interfering in Arab countries' affairs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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