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Regional, int'l summits were held throughout '19

H.H the Amir of Kuwait in First European Union and Arab League summit
H.H the Amir of Kuwait in First European Union and Arab League summit

KUWAIT, Dec 27 (KUNA) - Regional and international summits that were held in 2019, and leaders approved a series of resolutions that would contribute to better conditions of their people, while some summits reacted to what they considered acts contrary to international law.


Following are summits that were held throughout the year.

Feb 11: The 32nd African Union's (AU) summit was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The summit approved various projects and resolutions aimed at continuing road of reforms and development and face challenges obstructing 2063 African Agenda.

Feb 25: First European Union and Arab League summit held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The event aimed at bolstering cooperation between the two sides and also reflected Arab-European commitment to the Middle East peace process as well as condemnation of Israeli settlements.It also touched on the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, calling for a peaceful resolution.

March 31: The 30th Arab Summit held in Tunisia. The summit's Tunis Declaration called for returning Palestinian and occupied Arab lands such as Golan Heights to their rightful owners according to International laws and UNSC resolutions.

The summit also refused any outside military solution to the crisis in Libya, calling for a fair political resolution of the conflict.

May 30-31: Urgent GCC and Arab summits were held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, The summits condemned attacks by the Houthi militias in Yemen targeting oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and commercial vessels in UAE territorial waters.

The summits also condemned Iranian interference in the affairs in Bahrain and also involvement in the war in Syria, calling on Tehran to respect sovereignty of its neighbors in the region.

June 1: An urgent OIC summit held in Makkah. The summit reiterated the centrality of Palestinian cause to the Islamic world and condemned US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The summit condemned the Iranian-backed Houthi militias' attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

June 22: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok, Thailand, agreed to expand free commerce amongst the blocs' 16-member states. India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand expressed desire to join the association.

June 29: G20 concluded summit in Osaka, Japan. Nineteen nations expressed desire to uphold 2015 Paris Climate accord with exception of US, which withdraw from the agreement.

The summit also called for transparency within the investment and commercial domains.

July 8: An exceptional African Summit was held in Niamey, Niger. The summit announced that 54 countries had signed a free trade agreement, the largest agreement of this kind on the international scale.

Aug 26: The G7 summit held in France. The event called for preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons preventing more violence some states of the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

Sept 14: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held its summit in Burkina Faso. It called for countering terrorism affecting the region and also for the bolstering of the development plans in West Africa between 2020 and 2024 estimated at USD one billion.

Sept 23: UN climate action summit is held in New York. The event called for the involvement of the public and private sectors in the efforts in decreasing climate shifts in accordance with the 2020 climate goals.The summit revealed that 77 countries were implementing 2050 zero emission polices while 70 other nations were working on their national work plans concerning the climate by 2020.

Oct 24: Russian-African summit was held in Sochi, Russia. A number of agreements and deals worth between USD 20 to 40 billion were signed amongst countries partaking in the event to develop projects in upcoming years.

Oct 27: The 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The summit called for Israeli to halt its unlawful actions against Palestinians.

Participants also called for fighting terrorism and the unity of Syrian lands.

Dec. 4: NATO leaders, at their summit in London, agreed to increase military spending two be two percent of GDP.

Dec. 10: Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries said any attack on a member state was an assault on all nations, and underlined importance of military and security integration, as well as boosting military industry.

Dec. 10: Russia, French, German and Ukrainian leaders agreed to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by end of 2019, demine, exchange of prisoners and disengage in three additional areas by March 2020.

Dec. 18: An international conference on refugees pledged over USD seven billion to honor needs of countries hosting 25.9 million refugees worldwide.

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