Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Saudi king announces US$150 million for East Jerusalem

Saudi king announces US$150 million for East Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia's King Salman heaped scorn on Kingdom's ideological rival Iran for its "blatant interference" in regional affairs, besides criticising the United States over its recent decision to relocate embassy to Jerusalem.

The 29th Arab summit got underway in Saudi Arabia on Sunday under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who warned of Iran's looming threat against the region.

Speaking at a news conference after the end of the summit, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Arab League leaders condemned the "criminal" use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for an worldwide investigation.

Earlier this month, the monarch reiterated the kingdom's "steadfast stance on the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital".

The Saudi King also presented the kingdom's initiative and willingness to deal with the challenges that the Arab national security is facing.

Tensions have eased slightly in recent months but Qatar still only sent its representative to the Arab League to the Dhahran summit.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

"We support all efforts aimed at reaching a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, in accordance with the GCC initiative and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of Yemen's Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216", he said, calling upon the global community to work towards preparing all means to deliver humanitarian aid for the various areas of Yemen.

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Islamic holy sites in the city - including the revered Al-Aqsa mosque - are administered by a Jordanian-run trust known as the Waqf.

Saudi Arabia pushed for a tough, unified stance against Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League.

King Salman is a staunch ally of Palestine.

He welcomed in this regard the United Nations Security Council statement that strongly condemned the Houthis for firing missiles against Saudi cities.

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.

"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.

Gulf Arab states have made massive donations to Syria but have not officially offered asylum to Syrians.

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