Saudi King Salman tweets, welcoming 'meeting of brothers' in Dhahran

Saudi King lambasts Iran's alleged

King Salman has denounced United States plans to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and pledged to donate 200 million dollars in support of the Palestinians, and an additional 50 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

"We renew our strong condemnation of Iran's terrorist acts in the Arab region and reject its blatant interference in the affairs of Arab countries", Saudi King Salman said during a speech in Dhahran, eastern Saudi Arabia at the summit of the Arab League.

The funding announcement came as the king reiterated criticism of President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and shift the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased with the brothers meeting in Dhahran Summit in which the efforts and honest intentions of the unity of visions, and dealing with all challenges, are combined with force, will and coordination", King Salman tweeted.

King Salman also announced a $150 million donation for East Jerusalem "to support the administration of Jerusalem's Islamic property".

King Salman instead focused on Iran and Palestine.

The organisation provides aid to more than three million people but is facing serious financial difficulties after Washington announced it was cutting its funds.

HM the King also paid tribute to the Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Arab League Secretariat-General's staff for their efforts to prepare for the 29th Summit. "These take a toll on the national security of all of us".

Referring to regional Arab and regional issues, HM the King said: "The International Community is required today to play a bigger role to impose and implement its resolutions, and to revive the positive atmosphere that provides more opportunities for the success of the political settlement of Arab and regional issues and crises, puts an end to external interference, provides the necessary protection for affected peoples, and paves the way for reaching practical solutions that reinstate those countries' ability to preserve their sovereignty, security and independence".

Saudi Arabia pushed instead for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-foe Iran.

The King said Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, had fired 116 missiles at the kingdom since Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen three years ago to try to roll back Houthi gains there. Doha denies the charges.



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