Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented move, is hosting a joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh on Saturday and expected into this weekend.
The Saudi Kingdom was scheduled to host two summits, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit (OIC) and the Arab League Summit over the weekend.
This joint summit will replace the two separate meetings.
The reason for this joint summit is “in response to the exceptional circumstances taking place in the Palestinian Gaza Strip as countries feel the need to unify efforts and come out with a unified collective position,” said the Saudi Kingdom.
The Saudis made this decision after consulting with the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation separately.
The Arab League’s goal is to demonstrate "how the Arabs will move on the international scene to stop the aggression, support Palestine and its people, condemn the Israeli occupation, and hold it accountable for its crimes,” Assistant Secretary-General, Hossam Zaki stated.
Israel and the United States have not agreed to a ceasefire.
A united "diplomatic front... will generate diplomatic pressure from Arab and Muslim states," said Saudi analyst Aziz Alghashian.
Behind the scenes, as he has hopscotched the Middle East meeting with heads of state on several trips, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, has not been convincing and the diplomatic whispers of a lost of confidence are running high and now have reached a pivotal point of no confidence in Blinken or President Joe Biden’s credibility.
“This situation is totally out of control because western diplomats are amateurs in negotiations,” a major Arab leader told CDM early Saturday morning,
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's attendance at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting will be his first trip to Saudi Arabia since the two countries reached an agreement earlier in March, which ended seven years of discourse.
Iran backs Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah, and Yemen's Houthis.
“The decision came in realization of the leaders of member states of the need for unified efforts to come up with a collective Arab and Islamic position to address the dangerous and unprecedented developments witnessed in Gaza and the Palestinian territories and contain their repercussions,” reads the Saudi government’s statement.
Saudi Arabia feels vulnerable to potential attacks because of its close ties with Washington and the fact that it was trying to normalize ties with Israel before the Oct. 7 attacks.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday condemned "continued violations of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupation forces.”
These were his first public statements since Oct. 7.
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