Hariri takes a selfie with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Kuwaiti Emir Al-Sabah on the sidelines of the Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hariri's official Twitter, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Sunday called on Arab leaders meeting at a summit in Saudi Arabia to close ranks to face major challenges, including the status of occupied Jerusalem and conflicts in the region. Aoun was addressing the 29th Arab Summit, opened in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud in the presence of leaders and delegates from the 22-member Arab League.Before delivering his speech, Aoun met with King Salman on the sidelines of the summit in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to discuss bilateral relations.Aoun was welcomed at the conference hall by King Salman.Aoun appealed to Arab leaders to help Syria's neighboring countries cope with the burden of refugees.On the sidelines of the summit, Aoun and Hariri discussed bilateral relations, including military cooperation, with Jordan's King Abdullah II.Lebanon will host the 2019 Arab Economic and Social Development summit.
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