Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

The leaders called for an worldwide probe while condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters after the summit.

Seventeen Arab leaders, minus Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, gathered in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have expressed support for the missile launch by the United States, Britain and France on Saturday against three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, while Arab states like Iraq and Lebanon have condemned them.

Leaders of Arab nations are calling for an global investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Speaking to the reporters in Mogadishu, the director of Villa Somalia, Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed said Somali delegates would be holding talks with other Arab leaders.

Saudi Arabia will use the summit to seek Arab support to pile the pressure on Iran.

He said that the Kingdom will donate $150 million to maintain Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem and called the meeting the "Jerusalem Summit".

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

Saudi condemns Iran amid Arab divisions over Syria strikes

"We hold the Iran-backed Houthi militias fully responsible for the emergence and continuation of the Yemeni crisis and the human suffering that has afflicted Yemen", the King Said.

Arab leaders opened their annual summit in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday.

King Salman said the Palestinian issue will continue being the most important issue to the Arab World, until all Palestinians have attained their legal rights, including the establishment of a Palestinian independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

The summit will be attended by delegations from 21 of the Arab League's 22-member states.

The Arab League was founded in 1945 to protect newly-won independence throughout the region.

The summit also agreed on the necessity to secure the Arab World from the dangers terrorism poses and to work on combating terrorism and supporting all security, economic, social, cultural and intellectual means to preserve the Arab World's national security. "It's a very, very small problem".

Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations reaffirmed that their demands on Qatar - including closing Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran - were "a necessary basis" for a resolution to the crisis.

Tunisia will host the next Arab League summit in 2019.

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