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In pictures: 29th session of the Arab League summit kicks off in Dhahran

In pictures: 29th session of the Arab League summit kicks off in Dhahran
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Under the auspices of Riyadh, seventeen heads of state from across the Arab world - not including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - gathered in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, home to Saudi oil giant Aramco, as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran.

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(1st row, from L) President of Iraq Fuad Masum, Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of Lebanon Michel Aoun, President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Emir of Kuweit Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud (2nd row, From R) Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, President of the Algerian Senate Abdelkader Bensalah, Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Bin Mahmud Al-Said, Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, President of the Comoros Azali Assoumani and Qatari Ambassador to Arab leaque Saif Bin Muqaddam Al-Buainain pose for a family picture during the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia, on April 15, 2018.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai (L) and King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrive to attend the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Emir of Kuweit Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah (R) and King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrive to attend the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) and King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrive to attend the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, President of Iraq Fuad Masum and Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Bin Mahmud Al-Said arrive to attend the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas arrive to attend the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Emir of Kuweit Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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President of Lebanon Michel Aoun attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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King Abdullah II of Jordan and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Summit of the Arab League at the Ithra center in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia.

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