Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman opening the summit criticised US President Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The crisis has presented significant challenges to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as it attempts to deal with economic and security issues.

The issue of Jerusalem and the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city was at the centre of Jordan's diplomacy for the protection of the holy shrines and to stop Israeli violations and unilateral measures.

Rady said that El-Sisi will discuss with Arab leaders the situation in Yemen, Libya, and Palestine, as well as other regional issues.

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.

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

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He said that the Palestinian commitment to the two-state solution and renunciation of violence is a clear evidence of their firm commitment to peace.

The report said that the Palestinian cause, the central Arab issue, is going through a hard and delicate phase of the nation's history as a result of the stalemate in the peace process and a lack of a political horizon. He also welcomed an agreement to establish an Arab cultural summit.

On Saturday, the umbrella Arab League said the summit will not discuss Gulf crisis, which was triggered by last year's cut-off of diplomatic ties between four Arab states and Qatar amid accusations for Doha of supporting terrorism.

On Wednesday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Riyadh for preparatory meetings ahead of the summit.

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