Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

16 April, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday slammed Iran's "blatant interference" in regional affairs and criticized the USA over Jerusalem as Arab leaders met in the kingdom for an annual gathering.

The US, France and the United Kingdom say that the missile strikes on Syria come in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar Al-Assad against civilians last week. Saudi Arabia's king turned his attention with long-time foe Iran - only 160 kilometres (100 miles) across the Gulf from Dhahran.

They will also condemn Iran's interference in the affairs of the Arab states as a stark violation to the worldwide law and will urge Tehran to stop all provocative acts that undermine trust-building efforts and threaten regional stability and security, especially after Iran-backed Houthis escalated firing missiles against Saudi Arabia.

"We reiterate our rejection of the United States decision on Jerusalem", Salman said. We categorically refuse to recognise Al-Quds as the capital of Israel, where East Al-Quds will remain the capital of Palestine.

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

The conflict could be ended through a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with the July 1967 borders and East Al-Quds as its capital, the declaration says.

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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.

Qatar did not attend due to an ongoing diplomatic crisis centered on Doha and Riyadh's struggle with on another for regional influence. Qatar's emir was not in attendance, instead dispatching his country's Arab League representative to the meeting. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for five counts of crimes against humanity, three counts of genocide and two counts of war crimes.

Western states have accused the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of an April 7 attack using chemicals in the Syrian town of Douma.

Summits of the Arab League, established in 1945, rarely result in action.

There are 22 members of the Arab League but Syria's membership has been suspended since 2011 because of the civil war.

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