President Farmajo leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend Arab League Summit

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters that the Arab leaders strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons and are demanding an independent global probe to clarify who is responsible.

"We stress our absolute condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the sisterly Syrian people and we demand an independent global investigation to guarantee the application of worldwide law to everyone proven to use chemical weapons", the group said in a statement.

Iran has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sending Shi'ite militias to fight alongside government forces.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday declared its full support for US-led air raids on Syria, which the Pentagon said had "successfully hit every target".

King Salman, who travels rarely because of his declining health, said: "We reiterate our rejection of the United States decision on Jerusalem".

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Delegates pledged to support the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Speaking to the reporters in Mogadishu, the director of Villa Somalia, Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed said Somali delegates would be holding talks with other Arab leaders.

The President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will be attending 29th Arab League Summit which will kick off Sunday in Saudi Arabia.

The statement also called for more worldwide sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen.

In a joint declaration issued on conclusion of a summit in Saudi city of Dharan, the Arab leaders stressed the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic Arab option embodied in the Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by all Arab countries at Beirut Summit in 2002.

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Moreover, the summit affirmed the role of the General Secretariat of the Arab League as being responsible of monitoring the execution of the report's previously mentioned recommendations, in coordination with the member states. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

Saudi tensions with neighboring Qatar were also on display at the summit.

The Qatari delegation will be headed by Doha's permanent representative to the Arab League, Saif bin Muqaddam al-Buainain, the state news agency said without elaborating. "It's a very, very small problem".

Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations said their demands - including closing the Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran - were "a necessary basis" for a resolution to the crisis with Qatar.

Tunisia will host the next Arab League summit in 2019.

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