Tunis, Tunisia – Arab leaders gathering in Tunis again call for the establishment of a Palestinian state and condemn a move by the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights ] In the capital of Tunisia The 30th Arab League Summit kicked off on Sunday against the backdrop of ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen instability in Libya and protests against the government in Algeria and Sudan, as well as a demonstration of Qatari's ongoing boycott by four block comrades.
Speaking at the opening of the summit, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia reiterated his kingdom's support for a Palestinian state in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi reiterated the King's speech and reiterated the importance of the Palestinian cause to the Arab world when he issued a call for agreement.
"It's unreasonable that the Arab region remains at the forefront of tensions and crises," said Essebsi, the host of the summit.
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our categorical rejection of measures that would undermine Syria's sovereignty over the Golan, "King Salman said.
However, expectations for concrete action were low, in part due to the close ties of regional centers of power such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates has cultivated with the Trump government and considered it an important ally against its main rival Iran.
"There is very little intention to achieve very clear results, apart from the usual discourse of establishment of Palestinian law and the General Arab attitude to regional issues, "said Majed al-Ansari, a professor of political sociology at the University of Qatar, to Al Jazeera.
" I do not think I've heard anything about a new trend in the future of the summit, "said Ansari.
No Bouteflika , Bashir
Meanwhile, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir have skipped the gathering They are fighting mass protests against their long reign.
The readmission of Syria to the league, from which Syria was suspended in 2011 following the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators by President Bashar al-Assad, should be expected at the summit agenda.
But officials speaking before the meeting said it was unlikely that Syria would soon be welcomed back.
The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus last year, and other Arab states have expressed their support for the restoration of relations. But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been actively supporting the rebels who are trying to topple Assad, and many other states consider his government an Iranian deputy who should continue to be shunned.
Commenting on the ongoing divisions and unrest, Ansari noted that the Arab League has a series of hollow statements that are not followed by acts.
"We also know that the statements and discussions on Arab unity that emerge from the summit do not work in any form or form," he said.