Arab Summit backing bolsters UAE aspirations

ABU DHABI: A U.A.E. paper has said that it was evidently a hectic schedule for the U.A.E. delegation headed by H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, at the 25th Arab Summit in Kuwait City. “Several weighty issues, most prominently the Palestinian cause and the Syrian crisis, were discussed in harmony by the brotherly nations.”, said The Gulf Today in its editorial on Thursday. It continued “As the plight of Syrian refugees continues to haunt the world, the leaders have rightly called for a rapid end to the Syrian crisis that has displaced millions of people both internally and living in refugee camps in the neighbouring countries.”

“In a major show of solidarity with the U.A.E., Arab leaders have reiterated their firm rejection of Iran’s continued occupation of the U.A.E.’s three islands and expressed their support for the U.A.E.’s right to, and sovereignty over, its islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa.”

“The leaders also threw their weight behind the U.A.E.’s sovereignty over territorial water and airspace, continental shelf and exclusive economic area of the three islands, all an integral part of the U.A.E.. They have backed all measures and peaceful means that the U.A.E. takes to restore sovereignty over its occupied islands.” “The U.A.E., in a laudable gesture, offered to exchange its hosting of the next Arab Summit with Egypt. Apparently touched by the decision, Adli Mansour, President of the Egyptian Arab Republic, expressed his sincere appreciation to the U.A.E., noting that it highlights the U.A.E.’s great confidence in the capabilities of Egypt, its government and its people. The last Arab summit was held in Cairo in 2000.”

“That’s not all. President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Ahmad Al Jarba praised the U.A.E. for its humanitarian support for Syrian refugees based on its approach which mandates helping people affected by different circumstances.” “Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, had earlier highlighted that poverty and youth unemployment in some Arab countries were major issues that deserve serious attention. Compounding the problem is the fact that inter-Arab trade is still humble.”

“Given its timing, challenges and developments being experienced by a number of Arab countries amid huge economic and social repercussions, the summit proved to be a huge test for the participants. Arab countries should continue to boost consultation among each other to pinpoint the path to a genuine common Arab action. The successful management of the Summit has proved that any challenge could be met through meaningful dialogue and inter-Arab cooperation.”, concluded the paper.

SOURCE: WAM