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Airstrikes on Syria, Riyadh-Tehran tension dominate Arab League Summit

Airstrikes on Syria, Riyadh-Tehran tension dominate Arab League Summit

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 summit begins on Sunday in the East coast city of Dammam.

The stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt is also not expected to feature.

The yearly Arab League (AL) Summit concluded here with unwavering stands for preserving regional peace and unity, especially the problems related to Jerusalem, Syria, Yemen and Iran.

"We extend our support to the Palestinians' right to establish their homeland based on the 1967 lines with the capital city Jerusalem, as stated in the worldwide resolutions and Arab peace initiative", said Al-Jubeir during his speech at foreign ministers' preparatory meeting on Friday.

The Arab League - minus Syria and Qatar - said after its summit on Sunday that the "criminal" use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime had to be investigated.

Missiles targeted a research centre, two chemical weapons facilities and an Assad regime command centre.

Delegates pledged to support the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

"We reiterate our rejection of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem", Salman said adding "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories".

The AL strongly opposes the US administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, wishing all the countries not to follow the USA measures to harm Arab states' sovereignty.

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. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

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

Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha on Saturday from a USA trip where he met Trump.

The Omani delegation comprised Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Dr Adbullah bin Mohammed bin Said al Sa'eedi, Minister of Legal Affairs and Sheikh Mohammed bin Said bin Saif al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development and government officials.

Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations said their demands - including closing the Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran - were "a necessary basis" for a resolution to the crisis with Qatar.

Meanwhile, the summit reiterated that political solution is the only path for Syria to realize peace.