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HH the Amir welcoming Egypt’s interim president to Kuwait to attend the Arab League Summit

KUWAIT CITY, March 24, (Agencies): The 25th summit of the Arab League member states which kicks off Tuesday, will be the first that Kuwaitis hosting since joining the pan-Arab organization in 1961. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah hill take over the presidency of the Arab League from Qatar, which chaired the League last year. The Arab summiteers will be discussing the Syrian conflict which was killed more than 130,000 people since the crisis broke out in March 2011. The leaders will call for a rapid end of the crisis that has displaced millions of people internally or living in refugee camps in neighboring countries, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

The summit will extend support for the neighboring countries to enable them deal with the increasing pressure caused by the influx of refugees. The summit is being held following the collapse of the UN-sponsored Geneva II negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition. Head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) Ahmad Al-Jarba was invited to address the summit. The Arab leaders will also discuss the Palestinian issue and the negotiations with Israel.

Change They are to call for an end of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and their lands, as well as attempts to change the demographic status of occupied Jerusalem and desecrating the sanctity of the holy sites. They will reaffirm importance of achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on relevant UN resolutions, the 1991 Madrid peace conference principles and the Arab peace initiative, to pave the way for the establishment of the independent Palestinian state on the June 4 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Arab leaders will meanwhile reiterate need for stepping up the fight against terrorism in the region, follow up the implementation of the resolutions of previous summits and the Arab economic and soial summits.

The leaders will also discuss means of reforming and developing the Arab League, including the amendments of the Charter. They will call on the importance of achieving the electricity, railway and marine networks among Arab countries, food and water security, the establishment of the Arab Custom Union. Foreign Undersecretary Khaled Al- Jarallah described Sunday representation of Gulf and Arab countries to the 25th Arab summit, due Tuesday, as “good,” citing attendance of Jordanian, Qatar, Tunisian, Yemeni and Egyptian leaders, among others. Al-Jarallah, in a statement to reporters, said Jordanian King Abdullah II, Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Asaad bin Tareq Al-Saeed as representative of the Sultan of Oman, Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Ruler of the Fujairah Emirate, UAE, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al-Sharqi would take part in the two-day summit. He also said Tunisian President Muncef Marzouqi, Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Egyptian President Adly Mansour, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Palestinian president President Mahmoud Abbas, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, speakers of the Libyan and Algerian parliaments Nouri Abu Sahmain and Abdulqader bin Saleh respectively, will attend as well. Mauritanian President Mohammad Ould Abdulaziz, Comoros President Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, Iraqi Vice-President Khudhair Al-Khuzaee and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdulillah Benkirane will be attending the summit, said Al-Jarallah. Al-Jarallah said Kuwait invited head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmad Al-Jarba, the UN-Arab League Special Representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, President of the Arab Parliament and a representative of the African Union (AU). Al-Jarallah, meanwhile, said the Arab summit would not come up with a final statement but a Declaration of Kuwait. “The Declaration of Kuwait is ready and will be announced at end of the summit.” Asked about reconciliation among Arab countries to take place in the Arab summit, Al-Jarallah hoped Kuwait would close the gaps among the Arabs. Kuwait is keen on clearing the skies of the Arab countries “and we hope Kuwait can achieve something in this respect,” he added.

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