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Kuwaiti, Lebanon initiatives highlight of Beirut ‘Summit’

BERUIT, Jan 24, (KUNA): Initiatives, presented by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Lebanese President Michel Aoun, contributed to the success of the Beirut Economic and Social Summit.

The summit this weekend is overshadowed by competing visions for Syria’s future and Iranian influence in the region AP

Both initiatives played a major factor to the economic summit via giving hope to Arab nations suffering from wars and conflicts. In this regard, the Arab League called on member-countries and the private sector in particular, to help governments to implement decisions issued in the field of human investment and development. Officials from the Arab League confirmed that the success of the summit was in its important decisions and projects agreed upon during the event.

As for Lebanon, in spite of all political tension, the fellow Arab country succeed in organizing and hosting such an important event on both security and media levels.

Lebanon managed to highlight the vital issue of refugees, as the summit’s final communique called on the international community to find radical and effective solutions to promote the return of refugees and place people to their homelands, in accordance with relevant international laws, ensuring respect for the hosting countries sovereignty and laws.

It stressed the current refugee issue in the Arab world as the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of World War II due to the large number of displaced people seeking refuge and the enormous amount of humanitarian aid given through different donor conferences.

On media level, although the level of representation was not as expected, and has not received widespread media attention on the Arab and international level, Lebanon succeed in organizing the event and provided all media services required. In this respect, Arab League Secretary- General Ahmed Abul-Gheit praised, in a press conference at the end of the summit “the accuracy of organization and hospitality”.

“This summit is the Arab citizen summit, it enables communities and Arab countries and serves the citizen directly, it is not a political issues or a points of disagreement”, Abul-Gheit added. On other hand, economy expert Jassim Ojaqqa said holding the summit in Lebanon was an Arab recognition that security was stable in the country; it serves the economy, which is greatly influenced by stability and security.

By Ayoub Khaddaj

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