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Arab League demands probe on Syria chemical attack

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman addresses the opening session of the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran on Sunday. — Reuters Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman addresses the opening session of the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran on Sunday. — Reuters
Kenny Thornton | 16 April, 2018, 10:10

The Arab League summit's final communique called for more global sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on Sunday slammed Iran's "blatant interference" in regional affairs as Arab leaders met in the kingdom for an annual gathering.

Saudi Arabia, which takes over the rotating chair of the Arab summit from Jordan, announced that the current gathering would be named the "Quds (Jerusalem) Summit", a reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision previous year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which Arab states condemned.

King Salman on Sunday announced a $150 million donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.

He said Yemeni rebel Houthis, backed by Iran, had fired 116 missiles at the kingdom since Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen three years ago to try and roll back Houthi gains there.

Most of the 22 other countries are represented by heads of state or government.

Arab ministers at a preliminary meeting in Riyadh on Thursday focused heavily on blocking the move, unanimously condemning Trump's decision.

The push against Iran is being led "predominantly by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with other Arab countries including Egypt", Krieg said.

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The two rivals are engaged in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria but also back opposing sides in Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain.

The report also said that the president of the 28th Arab summit, HM King Abdullah II, reaffirmed that a comprehensive and just peace in the region would only come about through the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, as partial formulas in addressing the region's crises or bypassing the Palestinian issue will never bring the stability aspired-for by Arabs.

Riyadh expressed its support for the strikes on Damascus in a statement on Saturday.

Among the leaders in attendance was Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, who walked the red carpet and was greeted by King Salman.

The last time the bloc made a concrete move was in 2011, when it suspended Syria's membership over the Assad regime's role in the war.

Despite widespread Arab condemnation of the suspected chemical attack, the Dhahran summit is unlikely to call for Assad to step down.

Israel occupied mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the global community.

The Gulf states have donated large amounts of money to help refugees from the country but have not officially offered them asylum.

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