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Saudi king: Palestinians have right to East Jerusalem as capital

Saudi king: Palestinians have right to East Jerusalem as capital

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz said Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with "justice and decisiveness", signaling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and several high ranking Saudi and UAE officials also attended the meeting.

The two sides also discussed bilateral ties and opportunities for further development in various fields.

As King Salman pointed out during the talks, the security of Jordan and Saudi Arabia is one and the same and what matters to Jordan matters to Saudi Arabia, and what harms Jordan harms Saudi Arabia. "He didn't change the status of the East Jerusalem residents".

Sufficed to recall, Erdogan said, that that the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel violates and repudiates every United Nations resolution on the holy city.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an American ally, has vocally criticized the decision, calling Jerusalem "the occupied capital of a Palestinian state" and Israel an "occupying and terrorist state". Abbas also called for the recognition of the Palestinian state in the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Salman renewed his condemnation of Trump's decision, saying it "represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by global resolutions".

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The Saudi king asserted that the kingdom will continue to play a leading role in countering terrorism and its means of financing.

Saudi Arabia last week ordered media outlets in the kingdom to not focus "too much attention" on Washington's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sources have said.

Salman said the restructuring the kingdom was undertaking did not contradict its Islamic values, which he said were based on moderate Islam.

"The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital", the king said.

Abdullah heads the Hashemite dynasty, the formal custodian of the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.

The summit concluded its deliberations by adopting a final communiqué condemning Trump's decision and calling it null and void and asking the global community, spearheaded by Muslim countries, to recognise East Jerusalem as the future capital of the impending Palestinian state on Palestinian soil.


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