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Syrian conflict, Palestine top summit agenda – Amir to take over presidency

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

KUWAIT: The 25th summit of the Arab League member states will be held today, the first that Kuwait’s hosts since joining the pan-Arab organization in 1961. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will take over the presidency of the Arab League from Qatar, which chaired the League last year. The Arab summiteers will be discussing the Syrian conflict which killed more than 130,000 people since the crisis broke out in March 2011.

The leaders will call for a rapid end of the crisis that displaced millions of people internally or living in refugee camps in neighboring countries, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The summit will extend support for the neighboring countries to enable them facing increasing pressure caused by the influx of refugees. The summit is held following the collapse of the UN-sponsored Geneva II negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition. Head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) Ahmad Al- Jarba was invited to address the summit. The Arab leaders will also discuss the Palestinian cause and the negotiations with Israel. They are to call for an end of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and their lands, as well as attempts to change the demographic status of occupied Jerusalem and desecrating the sanctity of the holy sites.

They will reaffirm importance of achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on relevant UN resolutions, the 1991 Madrid peace conference principles and the Arab peace initiative, to pave the way for the establishment of the independent Palestinian state on the June 4 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Arab leaders will meanwhile reiterate need of stepping up the fight against terrorism in the region, follow up the implementation of the resolutions of previous summits and the Arab economic and soial summits. The leaders will also discuss means of reforming and developing the Arab League, including the amendments of the Charter. They will call on the importance of achieving the electricity, railway and marine networks among the Arab countries, food and water security, the establishment of the Arab Custom Union. — KUNA

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This article was published on 24/03/2014