Saudi King calls for fight against terrorism
Saudi Arabia is seeking heightened coordination in facing threats posed by terrorism, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud said on Tuesday in the opening remarks to the Summit of the Arab and South American countries being held in Riyadh.
The kingdom “seeks coordinated cooperation in facing the dangers of terrorism and shared international issues,” he said.
Leaders and representatives flocked to the Saudi capital ahead of the summit which aims to strengthen ties between the geographically distant but economically powerful regions.
Saudi state television showed the arrival of President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, whose country belongs to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter.
Arab presidents who arrived for the summit included Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Abdelfattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Fuad Masum of Iraq as well as Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, state media said.
Other delegates include Gulf rulers and King Abdullah II of Jordan.