Al-Jubeir: "The Jerusalem Summit" confirms Arab desire to reaffirm Palestinian cause's importance
Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir affirmed that the 29th Arab Summit focused on various issues and challenges facing the Arab countries.
In a joint press conference with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit following the conclusion of the summit, the minister said that naming the summit as the "Jerusalem Summit" is due to the strong desire to restore importance to the Palestinian issue, which is the central and fundamental issue of the Arabs after it was affected by the growing crises in the region.
"The Arab and Islamic countries feel the need to highlight this issue in light of the urgent need to help the Palestinians to obtain their legitimate rights, foremost of which is the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," he said, pointing out the generous support offered by the Kingdom to its brethren in Palestine on all Arab and international occasions contributing effectively to achieving a decent life for the Palestinian people and enabling the Palestinian government to strengthen its economy.
In this regard, he referred to the announcement by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, during the Summit, that the Kingdom would donate $ 150 million to the Waqf Support Program in Jerusalem and $ 50 million to support the UNRWA program.
Al-Jubeir said that the Arab summit supported the military operation carried out by the United States in cooperation with Britain and France to sites belonging to the Syrian regime, which were the headquarters of the criminal operations committed against the unarmed Syrian civilians through the use of weapons containing poison gas banned internationally.
He stressed the position of the member states of the League of Arab States and its belief that stability in Syria will only be achieved through a peaceful solution based on the Geneva Declaration 1, Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Riyadh 2 Conference of the Syrian Opposition held in November last year.
On the designation of the current Summit as the "Jerusalem Summit," the Foreign Minister affirmed that the Palestinian issue is a central issue, the longest conflict in the region.
"There is a desire to highlight the issue on the agenda of the Arab League and in the mind of the Arab and Islamic world, and in light of the conflicts and crises witnessed by the Arab world, we must not forget that it is the fundamental issue. Therefore, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques named this summit the "Jerusalem Summit," stressing that the Kingdom's position is permanent and firm on the Palestinian issue and support for the peace process, citing the Arab peace initiative announced in 2002, in addition to OIC's hosting of the peace summit.
He spoke of America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "We have declared our clear position to the United States that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine and that no decision should be taken that violates this balance in this region and that the decision taken by the United States has negative effects, and witnessed condemnation and condemnation from various international parties.
As for the impact of the US position on relations with the Kingdom, Al-Jubeir said, "We have maintained close relations with the United States of America and we are moving forward in this context. We have a strategic relationship and are stronger now. As friends, we continue dialogue and understanding on matters that we disagree with. He Pointed out that the relationship is currently strong with the administration of US President Donald Trump and this administration has also been positive in seeking help and reach a dialogue on this matter.
For his part, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States highlighted rejection of the American declaration of recognition that Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Secretary General of the League of Arab States underlined the document of cooperation and the enhancement of Arab national security to face the common challenges.
With regard to Iranian interference in the Arab affairs, the Secretary General said that "the Iranian issue is present in all documents issued by the Summit and calls upon Iran to refrain from its actions, both in the statement issued by the Quartet represented by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt, as well as the Arab League's Secretary General , and this committee has demands against Iran and the summit saw them. "
On the efforts of the League of Arab States in addressing Iranian interference in the Arab region, Aboul Gheit affirmed that the Quartet met before the summit and prepared visions regarding Iranian practices in the Arab affairs, revealing that the committee is working on two axes. The first is to limit the interference in the affairs of the region, as well as not to allow Iran to develop weapons and missiles in cooperation with the international community so as not to allow the development of long-range ballistic missiles, which threatens the security and stability of the Arab countries. The second is to demand that the international community review the nuclear agreement so that it does not have a specific end or time, as is currently the case from 10 to 15 years, and a ban on uranium enrichment.
For his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir stressed that the amendment of the nuclear agreement alone does not solve the problem of Iran with the Arab countries, pointing out the issue of ballistic missiles issued by Iran to terrorist militias in the region, whether the terrorist Houthi militia in Yemen or Hezbollah's terrorist militia in Lebanon, "This is unacceptable and the international community must put an end to Iran," he said.
Al-Jubeir stressed the need to take a firm international position on Iran's support for terrorism and its interference in the affairs of Arab countries and punish it for these acts. He pointed out that Iran hosts al-Qaeda leaders who are planning terrorist acts from its territory, citing the presence of Saif al-Adl, the commander of terrorist operations in 2003 in Iran; he is the one who gave orders to blow up three residential compounds in Riyadh, wondering: Why does not Iran pay the price?
"We have full respect for the Iranian people, but the problem is with the regime that was founded after the Khomeini revolution, which seeks to dominate the region and spread sectarian strife," he said.
On the Syrian issue, the Foreign Minister and the Secretary General of the Arab League agreed on the importance of a political solution to this crisis.
On the recent military strike against the Syrian regime, the Foreign Minister affirmed that the crime of using chemical weapons in the eastern Ghouta led to the Western military action against the Syrian regime. He said that he strongly condemned the use of this weapon against civilians.
The Secretary General of the Arab League, for his part, pointed out that Arab leaders stressed the importance of Arab efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria, the absolute condemnation of the use of chemical weapons and the promotion of joint Arab action based on a clear methodology and solid foundations that protect the Arab nation from imminent dangers.
On the Yemeni issue, the Foreign Minister praised the consensus, support and blessing of the Arab countries participating in the "Jerusalem Summit" for the efforts of the coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen and the great support for the Yemeni regular army, which contributed directly to achieving positive results on the ground by tightening the noose on the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and their retreat and the liberation of most of the Yemeni territory and the return of life to it, hailing the large-scale humanitarian and professional work, according to the draft comprehensive humanitarian plan implemented inside Yemen, targeting many of the villages affected by the control or were under the control of this terrorist militia.
Al-Jubeir stressed that the summit strongly condemned and rejected the practices of this terrorist militia, which takes from the sanctities of Muslims and the inhabited cities in the Kingdom targets of its ballistic missiles manufactured in Iran and its insistence on more disregard for international law and the persistence in such criminal and terrorist acts, proved by the firing of 119 missile by these rogue militias subject to training, encouragement and support of Iran, which is only concerned with the marketing of hatred, extremism and sectarianism, and the exploitation of groups contaminated intellectually to implement an agenda, which would harm the security and stability of states which neighbor Iran, highlighting the demands by members of the Arab League to stop such terrorist acts which have negative consequences for all.