Arab Summit Expected To Affirm Palestinian Rights

Mr Hadi's speech stood out in a summit where other leaders alluded to Iran's swollen influence in the region at times without naming the power.

From their venue on the shores of Jordan's Dead Sea, leaders from 21 Arab countries have a view of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Abbas is expected to visit the White House next month, after a visit by Sisi scheduled for April 3.

As many as 17 Arab leaders are expected to take part in the summit, including, Jordan's King Abdullah, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Iraqi President Haider Al Abadi. 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.

He went on to call for stepped-up worldwide pressure on Israel with a view to "stopping ongoing violations against the Palestinian people, lifting the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip, and [forcing Israel] to engage in serious peace talks".

Abbas said the Arab League summit on Wednesday confirmed that the Arab world had a "clear" vision for peace on the basis of two-states.

The leader of the Palestinian Authority said after his meeting with Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Middle East envoy, that Trump's administration seems serious about finding a solution to the issue.

"Continued discussion on how to make tangible progress on peace", he wrote.

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

On Wednesday, Arab leaders who participated in the summit issued a statement calling on the worldwide community to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. A draft statement opposes plans by President Trump to move Washington's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and consider alternatives to a Palestinian state.

After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

The king endorsed a political settlement to the conflict.

According to some analysts, the Arab world has been unstable since the Arab Spring uprisings which led to regime change in many countries.

Nations such as Jordan and Lebanon have for years struggled to cope with the influx of refugees, asking fellow Arab states for help that continues to be insufficient.

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

Guterres said that while fighting terrorism is essential, "any success will prove ephemeral" without a political solution to Syria's six-year-old civil war that allows Syrians to decide their own fate.

Greenblatt also met with the Qatari and Egyptian foreign ministers at the summit.

Syria's seat at the gathering remained empty with a small Syrian government flag placed on top of the desk. The fighting pits Hadi's troops, backed by a Saudi-led worldwide military coalition of mostly Arab states, against Shiite Houthi rebels, led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi and backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his forces.

Also in attendance in Jordan was Sudan's President Omar al Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

  • Larry Hoffman