Arab leaders call for probe into Syria chemical attacks, condemn Iran

President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

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

Tensions have eased slightly in recent months but Qatar still only sent its representative to the Arab League to the Dhahran summit.

Saudi Arabia expressed full support for the strikes, while Iraq and Lebanon, which have close ties with Syrian ally Iran, condemned the strikes.

"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.

"We stress our absolute condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people and we demand an independent global investigation to guarantee the application of worldwide law against anyone proven to have used chemical weapons", said a statement distributed to journalists.

The fate of occupied Jerusalem is on the summit's agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city after declaring it the capital of Israel.

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.

The question of Jerusalem is also likely to figure prominently at the summit as the United States prepares to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring the disputed city the capital of Israel in a break with decades of global diplomacy.

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.

"East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories", he asserted.

Arab ministers at a preliminary meeting in Riyadh on Thursday focused heavily on blocking the move, unanimously condemning the decision by US President Donald Trump. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for five counts of crimes against humanity, three counts of genocide and two counts of war crimes.

Western states have accused the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of an April 7 attack using chemicals in the Syrian town of Douma.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, said that the serious crises in the region facilitated foreign interference.

Gulf Arab states have made massive donations to Syria but have not officially offered asylum to Syrians.

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