Arab summit opens in Saudi Arabia

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On Dec. 6, 2017, Trump announced his official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instructed the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed holy city, which promptly triggered fury and condemnation throughout the Arab world.

The kingdom is aware of the importance of unifying Arab stances towards fateful issues, and this can be done through developing collective Arab action to preserve Arab countries' unity, sovereignty and stability, as well as through the Arab League, being an all-inclusive Arab framework that reflects Arab unity and solidarity.

An annual gathering of Arab leaders has opened in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran as tensions with Iran and wars in Syria and Yemen threaten stability across the region.

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said in his opening remarks at the preparatory meeting for the 29th Arab League summit on Thursday that Palestine and the situation there will top discussions at the Arab summit.

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The report said that the Palestinian cause, the central Arab issue, is going through a hard and delicate phase of the nation's history as a result of the stalemate in the peace process and a lack of a political horizon.

He announced the dedication of $50 million to UNRWA and $150 million to the Islamic Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem, stressing that east Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine.

King in his speech reiterated rejection of the U.S. decision said East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories.

On Saturday, the umbrella Arab League said the summit will not discuss Gulf crisis, which was triggered by last year's cut-off of diplomatic ties between four Arab states and Qatar amid accusations for Doha of supporting terrorism.

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