Kuwait FM: Arab League keen on resolving Syrian conflict

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CAIRO, May 7: The Arab Foreign Ministers agreed to allow the Syrian delegation to take part in the Arab League’s meetings, in an step showing keenness to resolve the conflict in the fellow Arab country, said Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Sunday. Answering a KUNA question during a press conference on the sideline of Arab Foreign Ministers meeting, Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah revealed that the decision had reflected Arab keenness on the unity of Syria and a strong desire to resolve the long conflict. He affirmed that the Syrian government must fulfill its commitment to ensure the safe return of the refugees and the displaced in accordance with UNSC resolutions connected with the matter.

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

There was a decision to form a ministerial committee grouping Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Arab League to implement what was agreed upon during the Amman meeting on Syria, he indicated. He noted that the Amman meeting agreed to continue direct dialogue with the Syrian government to reach a comprehensive solution for Syria based on UNSC resolution 2254. Sheikh Salem indicated that the assign committee would be reporting to the Arab League regularly to provide updates. He also noted that the Arab Foreign Ministers gathering also touched on the developments in Sudan as well as the Israeli violations against the Palestinians.

The Arab Foreign Ministers called for respecting Sudanese sovereignty and finding solutions to the crisis in Sudan with the participation of Sudanese and international parties. He affirmed that there was calls to provide urgent humanitarian support to Sudan. He also mentioned Kuwait’s campaign to aid Sudan launched on May fourth.

On Palestine, Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah said that the Arab League had issued a statement regarding the brutal Israeli treatment of Palestinians. The Arab League statement also expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people on the 75th anniversary of Nakba (catastrophe), when the Zionist militias forced Palestinians off their lands. He noted that the Arab Foreign Ministers meeting called for supporting all measures to protect Palestinians and their right to worship freely at the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as churches in Palestine, stressing on the same level, the importance of releasing Palestinian captives from Israeli prisons. The Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands since 1967 should cease as well as the inhumane treatment of the Palestine people, he affirmed. (KUNA)

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