Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

  • Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

Arab League calls for Syria chemical attack investigation

The statement also included the need to confront regional intervention in the domestic affairs of Arab countries, in addition to any intervention that targets their social unity and national identity.

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.

During the preparatory meeting on Thursday, Saudi Arabia said the Palestinian conflict would top the summit's agenda, though it is likely that airstrikes on Syria from the US, UK and France will now result in a shift in priorities.

Despite being a stalwart ally of the United States, the ruler also criticised US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shift the US embassy there.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks early on Monday in response to the final communique of Arab League's 29th summit.

On Sunday, Jubeir commented on the statement adopted at the summit, saying that the Arab League condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syrian authorities, however the released text of the document does not include the statement.

Its delegation was headed by its permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam al-Buainain, Qatar's state news agency said.

But King Salman avoided any mention of Syria in his address, as a seat marked "Syrian Arab Republic" sat empty in the hall. Saudi Arabia's king turned his attention with long-time foe Iran - only 160 kilometres (100 miles) across the Gulf from Dhahran.

"We reject its blatant meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries", declared King Salman.

"The President will be addressing the the participants of the conference and during his stay (in Saudi Arabia) he will hold talks with other Arab leaders over Somalia's situation", said Ahmed.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have for decades been locked in a struggle for regional supremacy that is now being played out in proxy wars in several countries, including Yemen and Syria.

In February, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution that would have expressed concern over Iran's failure to block supplies of missiles to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

Qatar did not send a senior official in a sign that its 10-month dispute with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is still a long way from being resolved.

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