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Arab press, media hail Kuwait summit outcomes
20/01/2009   |   02:15 PM | Arab News
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Lebanese press hail Kuwait summit
Lebanese press hail Kuwait summit

(With photos) CAPITALS, Jan 20 (KUNA) -- Arab press and media, in reports and coverage Tuesday, mostly devoted their front pages and top slots to the outcomes of the Kuwait summit, mainly Arab recociliation.
In Lebanon, the press lauded the great role by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Arab integration.
They said the Arab Economic, Social, and Development Summit in Kuwait would have notable impact on the overall Arab situation, especially on Gaza and Lebanon.
An-Nahar said that unlike recent expectations of the Kuwait summit against the backdrop of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip and subsequent Arab divide, the Arab Economic Summit turned into a reconciliatory gathering for Saudi, Egyptian, Syrian and Qatari leaders.
It quoted an Arab diplomatic source as saying that the conferees lauded the Amir's role in the surprising reconciliation process, which directed a strongly-worded message that the Arabs considered the Gaza war a serious incident that necessitated major and exceptional steps.
In swift practical steps, a national unity government involving all rivals will be formed so that it can receive Arab aid for Gaza reconstruction, it said.
As-Safir said Arab reconciliation achieved during the Kuwait summit would wipe out the despairing and disappointing atmosphere that prevailed in the Arab street during the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
This reconciliation has opened broad horizons for different local political forces gearing up for the summer general election in Lebanon, it said.
It has also put Saudi Arabia back on the foreline of political confrontation with Israel and has even revived Kuwait's diplomatic role in the re-adjustment of Arab situation, it added.
Addiyar acclaimed the Kuwait summit for unifying Arab vision on Gaza, Arab peace initiative and even the coming stage.
Arab reconciliation would surely lead to ending inter-Arab disagreements and usher in a fresh stage of fresh Arab integration and solidarity, it said.
Al-Anwar said: "Inter-Arab reconciliation has been achieved on the land of Kuwait and the stage of disagreements has come to a close in a consensual atmosphere provided by efforts by the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and embodied by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz." Immediate response to such efforts by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Qatari Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani led to this reconciliation that was backed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
In Syria, Al-Watan praised the Amir's efforts at reconciliation among Arab leaders on the sidelines of the Kuwait summit.
The reconciliatory meeting involving the leaders of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Syria, and Bahrain was held upon initiative of the Amir.
It also lauded the Kuwait summit for supporting resistance in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and for restoring Arab unity.
The initiative was made at a time when the gathering was expected by some observes to turn into a scene of conflict, it said.
Al-Thawra said the voice of Arab integration, clear climate, and reconciliation was loud.
Al-Baath meanwhile said the Kuwait summit, which showed support for the Palestinian people, was a good step in the right direction.
It predicted that Arab leaders' meetings and constructive dialogue would act as catalyst for common Arab action that could buttress the Arab nation's capabilities and safeguard its existence.
Syrian TV also congratulated Kuwait and its Amir on the successful summit thanks to proper preparation and arrangements that lasted over a year

 - In Tunis, the local press hailed the success of the Kuwait summit in the settlement of Arab disputes that preceded the summit over the bloody events in the Gaza Strip.
Al-Shorouk editorialized under the title "Waves of Concord and Reconciliation" that the Kuwait summit and its favorable outcomes had restored public confidence and raised hopes and confidence.
It highlighted the significant role played by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Arab national reconciliation.
Al-Sabah hailed Arab consensus during the summit over condemnation of the Israeli aggression on the Palestinians and a Gaza reconstruction plan.
It lauded the Saudi initiative for Arab reconciliation involving the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.
La Presse underlined great efforts exerted during the Kuwait summit for settling Arab disagreements and meeting future challenges.
It stressed the importance of the gathering, held at a very critical time, as a framework for deepening consultations among Arab leaders.
In Algeria, the French-spoken Le Jour newspaper said the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit had healed rifts among Arab nations.
The gathering is a major turning point in the Arab region, especially in light of the volatile situation in the Middle East, triggered off by the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip, it said.
El Masaa said on the front page that the "Gaza Holocaust" had overshadowed the Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait.
It has been the first time for Arab leaders to sit together at the same table since Israel launched its war on the coastal enclave, it said, hailing H.
H. the Amir of Kuwait's speech during the gathering.
The French-spoken La Nouvelle Republique lauded the Kuwait summit for succeeding in unifying Arab ranks.
El Khabar devoted a great part of its pages to the Kuwait summit and speeches by Arab leaders, especially regarding the Israeli aggression on Gaza and inter-Palestinian divisions.
It highlighted H.H. the Amir of Kuwait's donation worth USD 500 million in response to UNRWA's urge.
The Arabic Djazair News devoted three pages to the Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait, carrying a story on the front page under headline "Gaza Martyrs' Blood Unifies Arab Leaders in Kuwait".
It pointed to Saudi Arabia's USD one billion in donation and Kuwait's USD 500 million in aid to Gaza reconstruction.

 - In Sudan, local mass media also highlighted the outcomes of the successful Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait.
The favorable results of the gathering mainly included Arab reconciliation involving Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and Syria, and Arab financial pledges for the Palestinians in the Israeli-devastated Gaza Strip, they said.
All Sudanese newspapers devoted many pages to H.H. the Amir of Kuwait's speech, which met the expectations and hopes of the Arab people in terms of integrity, unity and development.
Kuwait plays a key role in the development of Arab economy within a framework that puts inter-Arab relations, wealth and investment into consideration, they said.
In Morocco, mass media paid much attention to the Kuwait summit, which has just concluded.
Moroccan newspapers hailed the gathering entitled "In Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Gaza" for focusing on the Palestinian issue and several other Arab issues in all domains.
They also highlighted the speech delivered by Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas al-Fassi during the summit on behalf of King Mohammed VI. (end) sf.hha.mt KUNA 201629 Jan 09NNNN

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