Arab League urges world to refrain from moving embassies to Jerusalem

The declaration, read by Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said Arab states would back Palestinian-Israeli talks to end the decades-old conflict if it guaranteed the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The Saudi monarch arrived in Jordan on Monday to a lavish airport welcome, descending from his aircraft by escalator before being greeted by Jordan's King Abdullah II.

In his remarks, the Secretary-General also underscored the importance of partnership between the United Nations and the Arab League and said that it was his responsibility to use his good offices, in cooperation with Member States, as an added dimension for conflict resolution. The conditions involve establishing an independent Palestinian state within the borders from 1967, a full Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a settlement regarding the issue of Palestinian refugees.

His Majesty King Abdullah II Wednesday thanked Arab leaders and heads of delegations taking part in the 28th Arab Summit for their active participation and keenness to make the summit a success in light of hard circumstances and challenges facing the Arab nation.

Nearly, twenty two leaders including Saudi Arabia's King Salman are attending the Arab League summit.

Abbas was speaking to reporters at the Arab summit which brings together leaders of 21 Arab countries.

Trump hasn't yet formulated a policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has said he is eager to broker a deal.

By focusing on the plight of the Palestinians, Arab leaders are hoping to inject momentum into a conflict that has been overshadowed by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the wars that have followed in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

Last Monday, during Arab foreign ministers' preparation meeting, the ministers completed more than 17 draft resolutions ready to be submitted to summit leaders' today for final approval.

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.

According to the Washington Post, the Arab leaders are widely expected to reiterate support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, "sending a strong message to the White House".

The emir also used the occasion to blast Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian land, calling for "collective action to pressure the worldwide community - and the UN Security Council - to reject the establishment of an apartheid regime".

The 28th Arab summit will officially begin on Wednesday, amidst unprecedented attendance by heads of several Arab states, who will tackle a busy agenda and pressing challenges.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres also endorsed a two-state solution, telling summit participants this was the "only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis can realise their national aspirations and live in peace, security and dignity".

He also urged the Arab governments to strengthen their political and economic relations and ties with the African countries for what is good for all Arab and African people.

Jerusalem is home to a major Muslim-run site - the Al Aqsa Mosque compound - that is also revered by Jews as their holiest site and home of their biblical Temples.

  • Leroy Wright