Kuwait’s Amir in Libya to attend 22nd Arab Summit Political, vital economic issues on agenda

SIRT, Libya, March 26, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah participated on Friday in Arab leaders’ meeting at Sirt Airport.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed several issues scheduled to be covered in the 22nd Arab Summit which will start here tomorrow.
The Amir arrived in Libya on Friday heading a delegation to participate in the 22nd Arab Summit that would be held in the Libyan city of Sirt between March 26-29.
Upon his arrival, His Highness the Amir was received by the leader of the Republic of Libya Muammar Al-Gaddafi, Arab League secretary General Amr Moussa, ministers, and high ranking officials, including Kuwaiti Ambassador to Libya Mubarak Abdullah Al-Adwani.
Earlier, His Highness the Amir departed Friday afternoon to Libya heading a delegation participating in the 22nd Arab Summit.
The Amir was seen off by His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, as well as senior officials in the country.
Delegation accompanying His Highness the Amir were Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Minister of Finance Mustafa Jassem Al-Shimali, head of Amir’s office Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahad, Amiri Diwan Advisor Mohammad Abdullah Abu Al-Hassan, Director of Amiri Protocol Sheikh Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah as well as Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah and officials from the Amiri Diwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance.
Economic matters
Meanwhile, although the summit will focus on political issues, some vital economic matters will also feature on its agenda.
The summit will focus on the Israeli settlement project and inter-Arab conflicts, but will also discuss the engagement of Arab economies in a joint Arab market by 2020.
The Arab Economic Summit that was held in Kuwait in January 2009 is a major start for Arab joint action in the economic field.
On the sidelines of the meetings of the economic and social preparatory council of the summit, Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shimali told KUNA that in implementation of the initiative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, it was agreed that a fund would be established to finance small and medium projects.
The fund will have a capital of $1 billion and will be run by Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, he added.
On his part, Director of the Economic Department at the Foreign Ministry Sheikh Ali Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, who also took part in the meetings, said that the council discussions included following up the implementation of the Arab Economic Summit’s recommendations especially regarding the fund, the world economic crisis, railways, the role of the Arab private sector in supporting joint Arab action, the Arab emergency food security program, the Arab customs union, and Arab water security.
He pointed out that the council also discussed health situations in Gaza Strip, programs to combat unemployment and poverty, and the development of education and health care in the Arab world.
In addition, the council discussed financial support needed to combat the Israeli settlement plans in Jerusalem, he added.

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