Kuwait hosts Arab Summit for first time since joining Arab League amidst critical events

KUWAIT: The 25th Summit of the Arab League member states will be held on Tuesday, the first that Kuwait has hosted since joining the pan-Arab organization in 1961, at a time when violence continues in the region claiming tens of thousands of lives. In a series of comments carried today by the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, the Arab world is witnessing dramatic developments which need to be addressed by the Arab leaders when they meet later in the day.

Topping these developments are Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, the Syrian crisis, reforming the common Arab action and the political conditions in Yemen and Libya.

The leaders is expected to call for a rapid end of the Syrian crisis that has displaced millions of people both internally and living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

The summit is also expected to extend support for the neighbouring countries to enable them to face the increasing pressure caused by the influx of refugees. The summit is being held following the break down of the UN-sponsored Geneva II negotiations between the Syrian government and its opposition.

Head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), Ahmad Al-Jarba, and UN-Arab League Special Representative to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, have been invited to address the summit.

The Arab leaders will also discuss the Palestinian cause and negotiations with Israel and they are expected to call for an end to 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.

The participants will also discuss the strengthening of economic and social cooperation among Arab countries with the objective of improving education and development. The delegates will meanwhile reiterate the importance of stepping up the fight against terrorism in the region, following up the implementation of the resolutions of previous summits and the Arab economic and social summits.

The leaders will also discuss means of reforming and developing the Arab League, including the amendments of the Charter.