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Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

Salman also announced a $150 million donation for the upkeep of Islamic heritage sites in eastern Yerushalayim.

Participants will condemn Iran's continued interference in the internal Arab affairs during the summit that is taking place in the eastern province of Dhahran of Saudi Arabia, and will urge Iran to exhibit a good neighbourly policy and refrain from using force or threatening to use force against neighbours.

Al-Jubeir had lambasted U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem town saying the move will hamper the global efforts to end Arab-Israel conflict in Middle East.

They stressed importance of reaching a cohesive and everlasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with the 2002 Beirut Summit's Arab peace initiative.

Israel occupied mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the global community.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened a summit of Arab leaders on Sunday by condemning an old foe, Iran, without making any reference to missile strikes by Western powers on Syrian government targets over a suspected gas attack a week ago.

The final statement of the Arab League Summit did not accuse the Syrian authorities of reported use of chemical weapons in Duma, as was declared earlier by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir.

Leaders of Arab nations are calling for an global investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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The United States , France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting. It is about ISIS and deterring Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar have previously issued statements in support of the action while Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon expressed concern.

On Libya, the Arab leaders will stress their commitment to supporting the unity and sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the North African country, rejecting any interference in its affairs.

Military help over the past three years from Russian Federation and Iran, which also backs Lebanon's Hezbollah group and Shi'ite Muslim militias in Iraq, has allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to crush the rebel threat to topple him.

Opening the 29th Arab League summit, the king criticised the United States decision to transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and described "terrorism" as the biggest challenge facing Arab leaders.

Saudi tensions with neighboring Qatar were also on display at the summit. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

He condemned the USA plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, sparking anger among the Palestinians and the Arab world, who see the city as the capital of their future state.

Tunisia will host the next Arab League summit in 2019.