Jordan FM says Arab summit ends with 'message of peace'

The Emir stressed that the firm stance of Qatar on the Palestinian issue reflects the committed Arab stance that the peace process be based on a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in accordance with worldwide legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative based on the principle of a two-state solution to ensure the establishment of a Palestinian State on the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return of the Palestinian refugees and ending the Israeli occupation of all Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan.

Arab Leauge leaders pose for a family photo during the Arab League summit in Dead Sea Region, Jordan on March 29, 2017.

The Arab Summit - attended by 21 leaders - urged countries not to move embassies to Jerusalem and to reject unilateral Israeli moves that undermine the city's identity.

At a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, Trump indicated he was open to a one-state solution to the conflict.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is slated to meet with Trump on Monday, and Abdullah and Abbas are expected to meet the American leader later in April.

Host Jordan said the one-day Arab summit held on the shores of the Dead Sea sent a "message of peace" - though one that could put new pressure on Israel to withdraw from lands it occupied in the 1967 Mideast war.

Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that Iran "is the true sponsor of terrorism".

The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, captured in 1967, as a future capital.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not been invited to the summit since Syria was suspended from the Arab League during the 2011 populist revolts and the government crackdown that plunged the country into civil war. The Agenda also includes debates on latest developments of the situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Such a deal would dictate that Palestinian statehood must precede any normalization in relations between Israel and Arab world.

In the interview published by al-Ghad, Abbas also accused Israel of threatening the two-state solution by accelerating "settlement" projects in Judea and Samaria.

Katz made no reference to the Arab peace plan, which was first launched in 2002.

Greenblatt met Tuesday with the Qatari and Egyptian foreign ministers as well as the European Union's foreign policy chief on the sidelines of the summit.

Arab leaders have been unable to find common ground on how to end Syria s conflict, which in six years has killed more than 320,000 people and forced millions from their homes.

Arab League head Ahmed Abul Gheit told the summit he regretted the fact that member states were watching "events in Syria without the possibility of intervening", calling the conflict "shameful".

Visiting a refugee camp in Jordan ahead of the summit, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for differences to be set aside.

Meanwhile, Sudan's president Omar Al Bashir - who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity - attended the summit amid calls by Human Rights Watch for him to be arrested by the Jordanian authorities.

There were also indications that recent tensions between Egypt and Saudi Arabia were easing.

  • Leroy Wright