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Kuwait Declaration calls for bolstering Arab-Arab ties
26/03/2014 | LOC14:02
11:02 GMT
| Arab News
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KUWAIT, March 26 (KUNA) -- The Arab leaders meeting here on March 25-26 issued Kuwait Declaration in which they reiterated their commitment to the Arab League Charter and agreements endorsed by the Arab countries aimed at bolstering Arab-Arab ties for the sake of enhancing conditions of the Arab nation.
Kuwait Declaration, read out by Kuwait's Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah at the conclusion of the 25th Arab summit which was chaired by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, also reiterated commitment of the Arab leaders to find practical solutions to the critical conditions facing the Arab world in order to serve interests of the Arab people and to assert their capability to overcome political and security obstacles.
The Arab leaders also stressed their commitment to work on establishing the best relations among the Arab countries through narrowing the gaps and assert that the Arab-Arab ties are based on the Arab solidarity foundation as the best way for achieving ambitions of the Arab peoples.
They also pledged to put an end to the Arab rifts through constructive dialogue and transparency.
They also pledged to provide support to the Arab countries that witnessed political transformation and social shifts for the sake of building the state and its various institutions and its legislative and executive powers as well as providing the financial and technical support to enable them complete the transitional transformation process.
The Arab leaders also stressed in the Kuwait Declaration their keenness to bolster the Arab national security to ensure safety of the Arab countries and territorial integrity, in addition to strengthening capabilities of the Arab countries in confronting the internal and external challenges in order to enable them speed up the process of growth and achieve the sustainable development.
The leaders reaffirmed that the Palestinian cause remains the core issue for the Arab and Muslim nations, reiterating their commitment to work on exerting all efforts to ensure establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital to the June 4, 1967 border line according to the international resolutions number 242, 338 and 1397 within the framework of the Arab peace initiative and resolutions of the European Union chiefly the Brussels statement which all call for the need for a two-state solution and impose peace in the Middle East.
The Arab leaders also urged the United Nations Security Council to take up its responsibilities and move quickly to take the needed steps to set up the mechanisms to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and achieve a comprehensive peace in the region based on the two-state solution according to the June 4, 1967 border line over ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands and withdraw to the June 4, 1967 border line.
They also accused Israel of being behind the stalled peace process in the Middle East and the continuation of tension in the Middle East.
They also expressed full rejection to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, continuation of settlement, judaization of Jerusalem and its attacks against the Islamic and Christian shrines as well as changing the city's demographic and geographic status, considering such measures as invalid according to the international law and the Geneva Convention and the Hague Agreement on protecting cultural properties.
They also condemned the Israeli aggressions against the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque while rejecting Israeli attempts to strip away the Jordanian Hashemite guardianship on it, calling on the world community, EU and UNESCO to carry up their responsibilities to preserve the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to the relevant resolutions.
They also expressed rejection of the illegitimate Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, calling on the world community to continue its efforts to stop the Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and implement the international resolutions number 465/1980 and resolution 497/1981 that stated illegality of the Israeli settlements and the need for dis-assembling of existing settlements.
The Arab leaders called for respecting the Palestinian national legitimacy under Mahmoud Abbas and appreciated his efforts in the Palestinian reconciliation as well as respecting the legitimate institutions of President Mahmoud Abbas.
They stressed that the Palestinian national reconciliation represents the real guarantee for the Palestinian people to achieve its ambitions in national independence, thanking Egypt for its continued efforts in this regard.
They also welcomed the Doha Declaration calling for the formation of an independent national transitional government to prepare for holding presidential and parliamentary elections and the national council.
The Arab leaders also reaffirmed their support of Syria's just calls to regain the occupied Arab Syrian Golan Heights to June 4, 1967 border line, calling on the world community to take up its responsibilities in this respect, while rejecting all Israeli measures aimed at altering the legal, natural and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, saying that the continuation of Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights would pose a continued threats of peace and security in the region and the world.
They also expressed solidarity with Lebanon and continue providing political and financial support to preserve the country's national unity, security, stability, while supporting Lebanon's stance in urging the world community implement UNSC's resolutions number 1701 based on resolutions 425 and 426 and put an end to the Israeli aggressions on its territories.
They also hailed the national role played by the Lebanese army and forces in maintaining stability and national security.
They also asserted their full solidarity with the Syrian people while affirming its legitimate rights for freedom, democracy, justice and equality and the establishment of a system of state where all Syrian people would enjoy the right to participate in all its institutions with discrimination.
They also expressed support of the national coalition of revolution and Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

 -- The Arab leaders also called on the Syrian regime to immediately halt all military actions against the Syrian people and put an end to the bloodsheds, while strongly denouncing the mass killings carried out by the Syrian troops against the innocent people including the use of the internationally-outlawed weapons.
They called on the Arab and world countries to put an end to the bloodshed and the displacement of innocent Syrians from their homeland.
They called for finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis according to the Geneva 1 conference that would allow the Syrian people for a peaceful transition of power for reconstructing the state and achieve national unity as to preseve the unity and territorial integrity.
The Arab leaders also urged the world community to actively contribute to achieving a political solution to the Syrian crisis and put an end to the war and killings.
They also highly hailed efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his initiatives to provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees and displaced and alleviate their suffering, in addition to the huge materialistic support provided by the State of Kuwait to enhance the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people.
The Arab leaders also expressed their solidarity with Libya in preserving its national sovereignty and independence while rejecting all attempts aimed at undermining its stability and territorial integrity.
They also expressed Libya's efforts for reconstruction and building of state institutions including drafting of constitution and activation of the national unity.

  -- Arab leaders called for finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis in accordance with the Geneva I conference which allows a peaceful transition of government, rebuilding the country to achieve a national consensus and preserve the Syrian unity and sovereignty.
They welcomed the outcome of Yemen's national consensual dialogue and stressed their support of the unity and sovereignty of the country. They also stressed the need for abiding by the UN Security Council resolution 2140 with regard to Yemen.
They also expressed support of the United Arab Emirates in its bid to regain its occupied three islands from Iran through necessary peaceful measures including the Greater and and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa islands, calling on Iran to respond to the UAE's initiative to find a solution for the the situation.
They also showed support to Sudan's unity and independence and expressed their refusal of any interference in Sudan's internal affairs. They called on the international community to honor its pledges in helping Sudan's economy.
They called on all disputing parties in Sudan to join peace treaties related to Darfur, especially the 2011 Doha agreement.
The Declaration urged continuing the peace process in Somalia and condemned all terrorist acts that are being practiced by the Al-Shabaab Organization against the Somali people.
The Arab leaders emphasized the unity of the Comoros Islands and rejected the French occupation of the islands, calling on Arab states to help in the development projects in the Comoros Islands.
They welcomed a treaty signed by Djibouti and Eretria under the guardianship of Qatar, calling on the implementation of the treaty to resolve all pending issues. They stressed the unity and safety of the sovereignty of Djibouti.
The Declaration emphasized the need to promote peace and security in the region, enhancing cooperation, calling for non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and to solve all pressing issues through peaceful means.
It also stressed the significance of promoting Arab cooperation through mechanisms of the Arab Summit, praising the Kuwaiti Amir's efforts in holding the successful Arab-Africa summit that was held in Kuwait in 2013.
They stressed that resolutions of the summit should be implemented.
They reiterated their call for maintaining the Middle East a zone free of mass distruction weapons. They pointed out that measures should be taken to put an end to arms use in the region. They called on the International community to pressure Israel to abide by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and welcomed the treaty signed by the 5+1 group and Iran in 2013 related to Iran's nuclear file.
They reiterated their strong condemnation of all forms of terrorism and called for exerting great efforts to counter any propaganda, funds or instigation posed by such terrorist outlets.
They also condemned all sorts of hatred, sectarian discrimination or prejudices against religions. They expressed support of Arab solidarity and integration and an adoption of social and economic joint work among Arab countries to turn the region's economy into a competitive one at the international level.
They also encouraged small and medium-sized enterprises to take active roles in vital sectors such as oil, gas, infrastructure, tourism and construction.
They called for increasing trade volume among Arab states and to adhere to agreements, especially those related to the creation of a grand Arab free trade zone and an Arab customs union to establish a joint Arab market.
They also called for enhancing the various educational institutions in Arab countries in order to elevate the proficiency of their outcome and create qualified manpower that would be able to help in achieving the desired Arab development plan.
The Kuwait Declaration also encouraged institutional reform in the body of the joint Arab action and the activation of development of its mechanisms, calling to improve the performance of the Arab League in order to enable it to be more effective in dealing with the various pressing issues in the region. (pickup previous) kt.nfm KUNA 261502 Mar 14NNNN

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