Arab summit provides chance for warmer Egypt-Saudi ties

Abbas made his comments in an interview published Wednesday by the Jordanian daily Al Ghad, and senior Palestinian officials, including Ahmad Majdalani and Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erekat, have concurred.

Five former Lebanese presidents and prime ministers aroused the ire of Hezbollah and its supporters this week for penning a.

Arab nations failed to find a common ground on Syria as they are supporting different factions in the conflict. However, Iran remained the focal point of concern for the countries.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, Trump said he would be open to a one-state solution, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the global community.

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".

The agenda of the Summit was topped by the turmoil in Syria, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Islamic State (IS).

Al-Hayat al-Jadida highlighted at the top of its front page police killing of Siham Nimr, 49, from Shufat refugee camp in Jerusalem, a mother whose one of her sons was also shot and killed by police in the camp in September apparently by mistake, after she allegedly attacked them.

The Arab summit was to adopt a series of resolutions, several dealing with the Palestinian issue.

He commended the consensus reached on the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the unified and direct message sent to the U.S. administration regarding the rejection of any attempts to relocate the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Abbas is also expected to visit Washington sometime soon.

In October 2016, the tension between Egypt and Saudi Arabia started in the UN Security Council when Egypt voted in favour of two rival resolutions regarding peace in Syria.

The summit reaffirmed the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative that offered Israel normalization of relations if it hands back captured lands for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman slipped out of an Arab summit session for face-to-face talks, signaling an attempt at possible reconciliation.

They hold Israeli citizenship but most see themselves as Palestinians and complain of discrimination.

Ahead of these meetings the Arab community seemed keen to send Trump a unified and strong message in support of a Palestinian state.

Safadi said the summit affirmed its support for the Arab League and the need to continue efforts aimed at supporting it and developing its work.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Arab leaders that their internal divisions have opened the door to foreign intervention and have helped breed sectarianism and terrorism.

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.

Syrian President Bashar Assad was absent - he hasn't been invited since Syria's suspension from the 22-member Arab League following his crackdown on a 2011 uprising that quickly turned into a brutal civil war.

  • Larry Hoffman