Summit of Al Quds begins in Saudi Arabia

DHAHRAN, The Arab Summit started today its 29th ordinary session at King Abdulaziz International Cultural Center in Dhahran.

The UAE delegation to the summit is led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the President of the previous Arab Summit, delivered a speech in which he expressed his thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the warm reception and generous hospitality.

Then the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques assumed the presidency of the 29th ordinary session of the Arab Summit.

In his speech, King Salman bin Abdulaziz welcomed all attendees in their second country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, wishing the summit every success.

“The Palestinian Cause is our first issue and will remain so until the Palestinian people obtain all their legitimate rights, particularly the establishment of an independent state with East Al-Quds as its capital,” King Salman said.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques reiterates condemnation and rejection of the United States Administration’s decision on Jerusalem, lauding the international consensus rejecting the US decision.

“We emphasise that East Al-Quds is an integral part of the Palestinian territory,” King Salman affirmed.

On Yemen, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques affirms commitment to Yemen’s unity, sovereignty, independence, security and territorial integrity.

“We call upon the international community to work towards preparing all means to deliver humanitarian aid for the various areas of Yemen. 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.”

He welcomed the statement issued by the Security Council, which strongly condemned the launching of Iran-made ballistic missiles by the Houthi militia on Saudi cities.

“Three of these missiles, by now numbering 119, targeted Makkah, Muslims holiest place, proved again to the international community the danger of Iranian behavior in the region, its violation of the principles of international law and ignorance of the values, ethics and good neighborliness. We call for a decisive UN position towards it,” he said.

King Salman underlined the support of the legitimate state institutions and the adherence to the Skhirat Agreement as the basis for resolving the Libyan crisis, preserving Libya’s unity, protecting it from foreign interference and eradicating violence and terrorism.

He described terrorism as one of the most serious challenges facing the world today and condemned the terrorist acts carried by Iran .

“Terrorism has allied with extremism and sectarianism to produce internal conflicts affecting many Arab countries. In this regard, we reiterate our strong condemnation of the terrorist acts carried out by Iran in the Arab region and reject its blatant interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. We condemn its hostile attempts aimed at destabilising security and spreading sectarian sedition, considered a threat to Arab national security and a flagrant violation of the principles of international law.”

Source: Emirates News Agency