Ambassador Al Buainain heads Qatar delegation to Arab Summit

Ambassador Al Buainain heads Qatar delegation to Arab Summit

Ambassador Al Buainain heads Qatar delegation to Arab Summit

An Arab League summit called on Sunday for an worldwide probe into the "criminal" use of chemical weapons in Syria and condemned what it saw as Iran's interference in the affairs of other countries.

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.

"We stress our absolute condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the sisterly Syrian people and we demand an independent global investigation to guarantee the application of worldwide law to everyone proven to use chemical weapons", said its final statement.

Iran has always been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and backs Lebanon's Shia Hizbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces. In response to the alleged incident, the United States, the United Kingdom and France have conducted airstrikes on several targets in Syria.

Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League Hossam Zaki said in remarks on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings, that the Arab foreign ministers discussed the political issues on the agenda of the arab summit, especially the Palestinian cause and major crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen and others, in addition to the permanent agenda items, especially with regard to solidarity with Lebanon, support for peace and development in Sudan and support for the Union of the Comoros, as well as the remaining permanent items on the agenda of the Arab summit.

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The move has sparked deep anger among the Palestinians - who see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state - and across the Arab world.

But King Salman avoided any mention of Syria in his address, as a seat marked "Syrian Arab Republic" sat empty in the hall.

King Salman expressed his strong condemnation to the "Iranian-allied" Houthi militants' attacks on different cities of Saudi Arabia.

The Arab leaders are also expected to renew their support for the legitimate government of Yemen and back all measures by the internationally recognised government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to restore stability in the country and end the coup by the Iran-backed Houthis.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends during the opening of 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia April 15, 2018.

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The rift between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain will not be on the summit's agenda. Doha denies the charges. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani headed Qatar's delegation at last year's summit in Jordan.

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

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.

Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations reaffirmed that their demands on Qatar - including closing Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran - were "a necessary basis" for a resolution to the crisis.

Summits of the Arab League, established in 1945, rarely result in action.

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