Saudi Arabia's King Salman has criticised Donald Trump's decision to move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The King will deliver the opening speech at the summit in his capacity as president of the 28th Arab Summit that was hosted by Jordan in March 2017.
Dhahran, Apr. 15 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today headed the kingdom's delegation to the 29th Arab Summit, which kicked off here today.
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein was sworn in as Regent in the presence of Cabinet members.
The Saudi King also presented the kingdom's initiative and willingness to deal with the challenges that the Arab national security is facing.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Qatar's crisis would not be on the table at the Arab League summit, Al Arabiya reported.
"We reiterate our rejection of the USA decision on Jerusalem", said the king, adding that "East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories".
"The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran - not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen", said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of global and Strategic Affairs.
Mr Trump then told reporters that the relationship between the two countries was "probably the strongest it has ever been", adding: "We understand each other".
HM the King expressed gratitude to King Salman for the gracious welcome and hospitality accorded to him, noting that Saudi Arabia enjoys a distinguished position in the hearts of All Arabs and Muslims.