Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

The summit also issued the "Dhahran Declaration" which brought the viewpoint of the Arab leaders on the issues related to the region.

And despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, he also criticised US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to transfer America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Moreover, Qassemi called on the Arab League member states to take necessary measures to build confidence and promote stability in the region.

In an opening speech, Saudi Arabia's King Salman also criticized Iran's "blatant interference in other countries".

Saudi Arabia used its position as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.

Speaking on the sideline of the summit, held in the eastern city of Dhahran, OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said that the status of Jerusalem was very important to the Arab and Islamic worlds, affirming that the Palestinian cause will remain as the chief issue for Arabs and Muslims, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

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.

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King Salman said the Palestinian issue will continue being the most important issue to the Arab World, until all Palestinians have attained their legal rights, including the establishment of a Palestinian independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Not at the summit is Qatar, which has been cut off from its Gulf allies over accusations of ties to Iran and support for extremists - claims denied by Doha.

In attendance were leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah. Qatar's emir was not in attendance, instead dispatching his country's Arab League representative to the meeting.

Iran has always been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and backs Lebanon's Shia Hizbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces.

The Arab League was founded in 1945 to protect newly-won independence throughout the region.

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.

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