Saudi Arabia to Attend Arab Summit
Saudi Arabia will attend the Arab summit in Cairo on October 21 and 22 on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz said Sunday.
"There is no doubt about it," he told a press conference.
"Saudi Arabia is for Arab solidarity, joint Arab action and support for our Palestinian brothers in their resistance to savage aggression" by Israeli forces, Prince Sultan said.
Six heads of state, apart from host Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, have already said they will come, along with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
They are Presidents Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, the kings of Morocco and Jordan, Mohamed VI and Abdullah II, and the emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa.
Algeria also has announced that it would attend the urgent Arab summit to discuss the situation in Palestinian lands, reported APS news agency.
Since the 1991 Gulf War, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the resultant opening of a deep rift in the Arab world, only one Arab summit has been held, in 1996.
More than 90 people have died in the violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories ignited 10 days ago after Israeli right-wing leader Ariel Sharon visited the mosque complex in Old Jerusalem – (AFP)
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