Sudan president, sought by ICC, welcomed by Jordan's king

Despite demands for urgent political reform to tackle the region's challenges, including high unemployment and widespread gender inequality, the optics of the summit signaled business as usual.

President Bashar Assad is absent.

"King Salman promised to visit Egypt in the very near future based on an invitation from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi", the statement also said.

This week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was committed to work with Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians, but he also stopped short of reiterating a commitment to a two-state solution. His global envoy, Jason Greenblatt, held meetings with Abbas and the foreign ministers of Qatar and Egypt on the sidelines of the summit.

The summit's host, King Abdullah of Jordan, said the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel remained the basis of any comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal.

Arab leaders gathered for an annual summit in Jordan on Wednesday (Mar 29) looking to overcome divisions on regional crises including the devastating wars in Syria and Yemen.

The hosting country, Jordan, seeks to soften the Arab atmosphere by providing the suitable setting to the summit that could witness a series of Arab reconciliations and meetings.

"I think this summit won't be any different from the previous Arab summits", said Oraib al-Rantawi, head of the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies. Instead, he has made vague statements about seeking a region-wide agreement.

Since taking office in January, Trump has indicated he is willing to break with decades of U.S. policy by moving the embassy and being open to a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if both sides agree. "We're very pleased with the outcome of the Arab foreign ministers' discussions during their preparatory meeting on Monday, in which they reiterated that the Palestinian cause is most pressing and needs to be addressed in order to secure regional and global stability and security".

Meanwhile, sources connected with the settlements claim that not only is there no green light to build settlements, but the United States administration has given a "yellow card" regarding the issue of construction.

"We (the Palestinians) are ready to sign a peace treaty (with Israel) and finally solve all problems, if the Israeli occupation ends and the principle of creating two independent states is implemented", the Palestinian leader noted.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been a scene of frequent Israeli-Palestinian tensions, including clashes.

It calls on "all countries to respect UN Security Council resolutions that reject Israel's annexation of occupied east Jerusalem" and "not to move their embassies" from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

Jordan's monarch says "we will continue to fight any attempts to change the status quo" at the site.

  • Leroy Wright