Saudi King Salman inaugurates 'Jerusalem Summit' in Dhahran

Elias Hubbard
April 17, 2018

In his opening speech at the Arab League summit, Salman also criticised the controversial United States 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.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman joined Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday at the 29th Arab League Summit in condemning the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The 82-year-old monarch did not mention Syria in his address, however, focused on rivalries with Iran with clear-worded remarks.

In December, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set a plan for the move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

While condemning the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, the Saudi Monarch emphasised the need to establish a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

He announced the dedication of $50 million to UNRWA and $150 million to the Islamic Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem, stressing that east Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine.

King Salman named the current Arab League Summit the "Jerusalem Summit" to remind everyone around the world that Palestine is engraved in the conscience of the Arab people. Aboul Gheit also said the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad also bears responsibility for the "collapse of its homeland and loss of dignity".

In an interview with U.S. magazine The Atlantic, Mohammad bin Salman, known by the initials MBS expressed that Israel had a "right" to a homeland.

The 32-year-old prince, who winded up his three week U.S. tour, continued that 'we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations'.

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