Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

In its closing session, the summit announced Arab Nations' agreement to continue supporting the Palestinian cause, which is the "central issue" of the Arab world, until the independent Palestinian state is established inside the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.

The last Arab summit was held in Jordan a year ago.

The status of Jerusalem, which is home to holy religious sites and has particular significance for Muslims, Christians and Jews, has long remained a sensitive topic and one of the core issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32-year-old son of the king and de facto ruler of the world's largest exporter of oil, has said Assad will stay.

Dhahran, Apr. 16 (BNA): King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's decision to rename the 29th Arab Summit as the "Jerusalem Summit" hailed step by all participants, said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), hailing Riyadh's donations to Palestinians.

Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-rival Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League.

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"We demand an independent worldwide investigation to guarantee the application of global law against anyone proven to have used chemical weapons", said a final statement issued by the Arab League after the summit.

But the leaders were divided over the US-led air strikes against Syria.

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

The summit also issued the "Dhahran Declaration" which brought the viewpoint of the Arab leaders on the issues related to the region. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Qatar's crisis would not be on the table at the Arab League summit, Al Arabiya reported.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman further stressed that Tehran's policies are based on respecting the sovereignty of other countries, and maintaining good relations with its neighbors.

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

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