Palestine on top of Arab Summit agenda on Sunday

Dhahran (UNA-OIC) � All the preparations are well in place for the 29th Arab Summit, which will be held in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday. Heads of state and leaders of Arab countries taking part in the summit started arriving in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that the Palestinian issue is a top priority at the summit. He stated that the Qatar issue is a Gulf matter and will not be discussed in the summit.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has already arrived in the Eastern Province to chair the summit. The leaders who arrived for the summit include Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said. They were received at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran by Governor of the Eastern Province Prince Saud Bin Naif and other senior officials.

Presiding over the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers, preparatory to the summit, Al-Jubeir deplored the announcement of Washington about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Saudi Press Agency reported. We fully back the unanimous global rejection of this move as it would scuttle the global efforts to achieve an end to the Arab � Israeli conflict, he said.

Al-Jubeir stressed that terrorism must be dealt with firmly and the sources of its funding should be dried up. He emphasized that there won’t be no peace and stability in the region as long as Iran continues its intervention in the region through inciting sectarian strife and supporting the Houthi militias besides harboring Al-Qaeda leaders. Iran and terrorism are two sides of the same coin in the region, he said while stressing that Houthi militias bear full responsibility for the crisis in Yemen.

Addressing the meeting, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, said that the serious crises in the region facilitated foreign interference. He noted that the victory over ISIS must be consolidated by calling for the reconstruction of the affected areas. Gheit condemned Iranian interference in Bahrain and other Arab countries. There is an Arab consensus on the unity of Syrian territory, he said while pointing out that a political solution is the best way to resolve the crisis and also stressed the need to maintain the Geneva process to achieve a political solution to the crisis

Source: International Islamic News Agency