Palestinians have right to east Jerusalem as capital: Saudi king

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.


“The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” the king said.


Salman’s address to the kingdom’s Consultative Council came as the world’s main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last week’s US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud said corruption under all its forms and manifestations was a grave scourge that undermines societies and prevents their development and progress, stressing his country’s resolve to tackle it.


“We are determined to confront corruption through justice and resolve so that our country enables every citizen to enjoy the fruits of development,” King Salman said as he opened the fourth session of the sixth term of the Shura (Advisory) Council.


“In this context, we have decided to form a supreme anti-corruption committee headed by the crown prince. We thank God that the number of corruption suspects is limited and they do not affect the integrity of our honourbale citizens, including princes, ministers, business people, employees and workers at all levels and in various capacities in the public and private sectors.”


The corruption cases do not affect the expatriate employees and investors who are a source of pride, King Salman added.

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