Syria, Iran to dominate Arab League summit

Glen Norman
April 16, 2018

The Arab League has rejected all unilateral Israeli steps undermining the two-state solution of Palestine issue, reported by Radio Pakistan. "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories".

Moreover, Qassemi called on the Arab League member states to take necessary measures to build confidence and promote stability in the region.

The fate of occupied Jerusalem is on the summit's agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city after declaring it the capital of Israel.

The two regional titans, locked in proxy wars in Syria and in Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen, back opposing parties in Iraq and Lebanon.


The stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt is also not expected to feature.

Foreign ministers of the 22 countries descended on the kingdom last week ahead of the summit on Sunday, which aims to tackle the Yemeni civil war, Iran's interference in Arab states and the situation in Libya.

During the summit, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz criticized Tehran's influence on Arab countries, claiming that it violated the principles of worldwide law.

Participants will condemn Iran's continued interference in the internal Arab affairs during the summit that is taking place in the eastern province of Dhahran of Saudi Arabia, and will urge Iran to exhibit a good neighbourly policy and refrain from using force or threatening to use force against neighbours.


The global fraternity was asked to toughen sanctions on Iran and its militias, prevent it from supporting terrorist groups, supplying Houthi militias with missiles manufactured in Iran and launched from Yemen toward Saudi cities and to abide by the UN Resolution No. 2216.

Assad was not invited to the gathering, though most heads of state from across the Middle East and North Africa attended the Arab League meeting, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Tensions have eased slightly in recent months but Qatar still only sent its representative to the Arab League to the Dhahran summit.

Iran has always been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and backs Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces.


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

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