DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia, Arab leaders, partaking in the 29th Arab Summit Sunday, touched on issues of vital importance during their speeches to the event, also known as the “Jerusalem Summit”.
On his part, Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi said that the current status quo of the region required from Arabs to unite to prevent terrorism and sectarian strife from spreading.
The recent interferences in Arab affairs had led to the emergences of crises in Yemen, Syria, and Libya, leading most Arabs astray from major issues such as the Palestinian cause and plans for development, said Al-Sisi.
The Egyptian President called for plans to establish a unified Arab national security apparatus to fend off threats and to allow for development and integration to flourish.
Also speaking at the summit was the Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa who indicated that the current Saudi leadership of the summit would contribute to solutions plaguing the region.
Similar to Al-Sisi’s speech, the Bahraini monarch said that the security of Arab nations was a redline that should not be crossed, affirming that in order for development to prevail in the region, there should be plans to secure the Arab countries from internal and external threats.
On the issue of Palestine, King Hamad said that Bahrain would always stand in solidarity with Palestinians to achieve their goal in an independent state within the 1967 borders and eastern Jerusalem as capital.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the American administration’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would threaten any chance for peace in the Middle East.
He affirmed that Palestinians have never refused any calls for negotiations on the peace process, blaming Israel for stalling efforts to resolve their conflict with the Palestine.
The process is not only threatened by Israel, internal threats within Palestine will kill any chance for Palestinians to have a state, said Abbas alluding to the recent assassination attempt against Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and other officials.
Abbas called on the conferees to adopt the peace plan, which he initiated last February, noting that the plan is based on the Arab peace initiative and it called for an international peace conference this year.
He added that the plan also seeks full UN recognition for Palestine and it is eager to formulate a process relaunching a serious negotiation for peace in the region.
President Abbas thanked King Salman for his generous hosting of the summit which highlighted the Palestinian right in Jerusalem.
Source: Kuwait News Agency