Saudi King slams Iranian meddling in regional affairs By

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Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against Iran at the annual gathering of the 22-member Arab League.

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

Minister Awad who reached Saudi Arabia on Thursday attended the preparatory meeting on Friday ahead of the Summit.

They will also condemn Iran's interference in the affairs of the Arab states as a stark violation to the global law and will urge Tehran to stop all provocative acts that undermine trust-building efforts and threaten regional stability and security, especially after Iran-backed Houthis escalated firing missiles against Saudi Arabia.

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.

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.

Missiles targeted a research centre, two chemical weapons facilities and an Assad regime command centre.

The administration of Trump has recognised Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and declared to the United States embassy to be located in Jerusalem.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed cooperating with the Arab League on regional security, specifically in Iraq and Syria following the defeat of Islamic State militants there, according to Russian news agencies.

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 worldwide diplomacy.

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

In an opening speech, Saudi Arabia's King Salman also criticized Iran's "blatant interference in other countries".

"The Palestinian cause has been and will always be our main cause until the Palestinians regain their rights", he said.

Last month the Security Council issued a statement condemning Houthi missile attacks on Saudi, but did not name Iran.

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.

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

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