Saudi King says Syrian subjected to 'killing' urges United Nations based political deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who attended the summit through video conference, voiced support for a so-called two-state solution as the "only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis" can live in peace.

The U.N. secretary-general has warned Arab leaders that their internal divisions have opened the door to foreign intervention and have helped breed sectarianism and terrorism.

In fact, Trump's envoy to the Arab League summit, Jason Greenblatt, said the president believes a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians is "not only possible, but would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world". He said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a root cause of Mideast tensions, and that resolving it would boost the fight against terrorism. Greenblatt tweeted that the meeting was "positive" and that it "continued (the) discussion on how to make tangible progress on peace". They will discuss how to defeat Islamic State militants and efforts to pursue peace and stability in the region, the White House said in a statement.

The Arab League's reaffirmation of its 2002 Arab Peace Initiative is a blow to the Israeli proposal explored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of normalization with some Arab states ahead of a deal with the Palestinians.

Abbas met with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Siss on the sidelines of the summit ahead of the leaders' White House meetings in coming weeks.

However, an embassy move no longer appears imminent, and some Trump administration officials have since endorsed the two-state solution, while signaling they will be critical of some West Bank settlement building.

Jordan has a large Palestinian population and also serves as custodian of a major Muslim-run shrine in Jerusalem that is also Judaism's holiest site.

The Summit seems to send a message to the USA following President Donald Trump's arrival in the White House.

The opening session of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Arab Summit, held Wednesday, turned over a new leaf for relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The agreement comes weeks after Trump tossed a diplomatic wrench into the Middle East peace process by seemingly stepping back from a decades-long USA commitment to eventual Palestinian statehood.

Guterres said setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel is the only solution to the conflict.

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

By the end of the Summit, the "Amman Declaration" that comprises 15 points was announced; it focused on the Syrian and Palestinian conflicts.

Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar continue to back Syria's rebels and refuse to accept any outcome that doesn't remove President Bashar al Assad from power.

The Arab leaders pledged to address the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen but did not offer specific plans on how they would move forward.

The 22-member bloc has struggled to resolve any of the conflicts that started after the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, including Syria's devastating six-year war.

  • Leroy Wright