SAUDI ARABIA (OBSERVATORY) – The summit of the League of Arab States (League of Arab States) will be held on Sunday in the Saudi city of Dhahran amid the escalation of the situation in Syria.
It is expected that the summit meeting in the eastern province of the Saudi Kingdom will be attended by the majority of heads of state belonging to the pan-Arab organization. The topics of the meeting will traditionally be the most pressing problems for the Middle East, such as the situation in Libya, Yemen and the Palestinian territories.
Particular attention will be paid to the situation in Syria after the rocket attacks on government facilities on its territory by the armed forces of the United States, Britain and France.
The views of the Arab states on this attack differ sharply: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other members of the GCC (the Council of Cooperation of the Arab States of the Persian Gulf) were expected to support the attacks. Lebanon, Algeria and Iraq condemned the missile attacks.
The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the League of Arab States to work out in the course of the summit a clear position in response to missile strikes by the United States and its allies in Syria.
The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed his regret over the worsening of the situation around Syria. According to him, all the parties involved in the crisis are responsible for the deteriorating situation in this country.
The summit of the League of Arab States will take place in a small town on the east coast of the country Dhahran, and not in the capital, as planned earlier.
The organizers did not explain the reasons for the transfer of the summit to the top. In this connection, a number of observers linked this decision to the recent attempts to shell the Riyadh with ballistic missiles from the Yemeni rebels Husit. However, according to the source of in the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry, the postponement of the summit was caused by the exercises of 24 states “Joint Shield of Gulf-1” taking place in this part of the country. As expected, on Monday after the summit meetings the heads of state will observe the final part of the exercises and the military parade.
The United States, Britain and France hit rocket attacks on Syrian government facilities on Saturday morning, which they believe are used to produce chemical weapons. From 3.42 Moscow time to 5.10 Moscow time they released over 100 missiles in Syria, most of which were shot down by Syrian air defense.
The Russian forces were not involved, but they monitored all the launches. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the attacks as an act of aggression against a sovereign state, despite the fact that neither Russian military experts nor local residents confirmed the fact of the chemical attack, which became the pretext for strikes.
The League of Arab States unites 22 countries. The headquarters of this pan-Arab organization is in Cairo.