Nouakchott – Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called on Arab States to unify ranks in order to overcome crises and challenges in the region. In a speech delivered at the 27th Arab Summit held in the capital of Mauritania on Monday, Al-Jubeir said that periodic acts of terrorism and violent extremism which are currently seen in the region and the world pose a threat on our people, nations and international peace and security.
Al-Jubeir called for intensifying efforts at all national, regional and international levels to fight terrorism in all its forms. He noted that the Kingdom has established the first Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism and extremism, which has so far included 40 Arab and Islamic states.
Al-Jubeir conveyed to the participants in the summit the greetings of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his wishes that the summit succeeds in unifying the Arab stance on regional issues.
The minister also thanked the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania under the leadership of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz for hosting the 27th Arab Summit.
He conveyed his thanks to the Arab Republic of Egypt and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for the distinctive efforts during Egypt’s presidency of the previous summit and to the Arab League Secretary-General and all employees of the Secretariat for their sincere endeavors and efforts.
Commenting on the Palestinian crisis, the minister rejected the continued Israeli intransigence and stressed the need to implement international resolutions which call for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On the Syrian crisis, the Saudi foreign minister condemned the strategies used by the Syrian regime in hampering the implementation of the Geneva Declaration on Syria and the relevant UN resolutions. He added that Bashar Assad had no future in the middle-eastern country.
Al-Jubeir noted that efforts were underway to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen. He also stressed the importance to abide by the Gulf Initiative and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
On Iraq and Libya, the Saudi foreign affairs minister expressed the Kingdom’s hope that Iraqis and Libyans would be able to consolidate unity and overcome security challenges.
Regarding Lebanon’s presidency crisis, Al-Jubeir called for giving priority to the Lebanese people’s higher national interests.
Commenting on Iran’s interference in Arab countries’ internal affairs, the minister said that the Persian State was attempting to “export” the Iranian revolution. He added that Iran was breaching the principles of good neighborliness and international values and norms. He added that such strategies have led to sedition, unrest and conflicts in the region.
Source: ASHARQ AL-AWSAT, 26 July 2016