Arab, Latin American leaders stress support for Palestinians, vow to boost trade and flights

Arab and Latin American leaders have found common ground in support for the Palestinians during a summit aimed at strengthening ties between the two regions.

Venezuela's president and Saudi Arabia's monarch specifically mentioned the Palestinian cause in their public remarks. The summit's final statement on Wednesday called for the creation of a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank and Gaza, with its capital in Jerusalem.

The two-day summit, held every three years, brought together several heads of state from the 22-nation Arab League and 12 Latin American countries. The summit is seen as a chance for leaders to meet face-to-face and improve economic and trade ties.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby says leaders plan to increase flights between the Middle East and South America.