Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia


The 29 Arab Summit kicked off on Sunday at King Salman Abdul-aziz International Cultural Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, with the participation of Arab leaders and high-ranking official delegations. The crisis has presented significant challenges to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as it attempts to deal with economic and security issues.

He said that Arab national security is a complete and indivisible system.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

In his speech at the summit, King Salman stressed that the Palestinian issue is "our first issue and will remain so" expressing his condemnation of the decision of the U.S. administration to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem.

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The summit, which will be held in Dammam on Sunday, will discuss several issues, the most important of which are the Palestinian issue and the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as Iranian interference in Arab affairs.

The summit's participants will also discuss issues that undermine the unity and the stability of the Arab world.

The summit in Damam, dubbed 'Arab Reunification, ' will aim to find solutions to various Arab crises.

On Wednesday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Riyadh for preparatory meetings ahead of the summit. "We have devoted all energies to preserve the longstanding legal and historic status quo in it and safeguard the Holy City and its identity and Islamic and Christian sanctities, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Haram Al Sharif", it quoted the King as affirming.