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With participation of President al-Assad, works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit begin in Jeddah

With the participation of President Bashar al-Assad, works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit started on Friday in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

Crown Prince, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Emir Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, welcomed president al-Assad, Presidents and heads of the participant delegations upon arrival at the Arab Summit meeting Hall.

Algerian Prime Minister, Ayman bin Abdulrahman , said that it is very important to boost the Arab solidarity to have an active Arab role in the international new balances.

“The motto of reunification has been embodied by Syria’s return to the Arab league among its brotherly countries,” Abdulrahman said.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in turn, said “We will not allow to turn our region into a field of conflicts, and we call for folding the page of the past.”

He added “We are glad today with the presence of President al-Assad and we hope the return of Syria to the Arab league would help boost its security and stability.”

For his part, Secretary General of the Arab league, Ahmad Abul Gheit, called for making Jeddah summit an Arab solution that stops bloodshed in Sudan and ends crises in the Arab states.

He also welcomed the presence of President al-Assad in the Arab Summit, saying “It is an opportunity to address the crisis in the country politically.”

Abdullah II, in turn, said “Today, we welcome Syria’s return to the Arab League as an important step that we hope will contribute to efforts to end the crisis, and we stress the importance of strengthening the political track and Arab efforts to resolve the crisis and address its repercussions.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi underlined that Syria’s return to the Arab League serves as the activation of action for the Arab role and the beginning of an Arab march to resolve the crisis in the country.

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa welcomed the return of the brotherly Syria to the Great Arab House.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: said “We welcome President Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, a dear brother among his family and brothers.”

President Abbas added that the tragedy of the Palestinian people has been continuing since the Nakba in 1948 as the Israeli occupation continues its crimes and the expansion of settlement operationsm calling on the international community to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes and to implement United Nations resolutions regarding the Palestinian cause.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed condemned the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, and reiterated support for their right to establish their independent state in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.

“I commend Syria’s return to the Arab league and hope that it will regain its pivotal and historic role in promoting joint Arab action. I also welcome His Excellency President Bashar Al-Assad,” he said.

Tunisian President Kais bin Said said “We thank God for Syria’s return to the Arab League after the plots aimed at dividing it were thwarted.”

President of Djibouti Ismaïl Omar Guelleh also welcomed the return of the brotherly Syria to the Arab League, describing that as an important step to boost the joint Arab action.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said “ We welcome Syria’s return to the Arab League to play its historic role in various Arab issues.

The Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said in his speech: We welcome the return of Syria to the Arab League, and we hope that it will be a starting point for ending the crisis in it, and we affirm our firm stance on the need to work in order to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

The Kuwaiti Crown Prince added: We reject any external interference in Syria’s internal affairs and affirm our position on the need to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

For his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani said in his speech: “I welcome Syria’s return to its normal place in the Arab League, a step we have supported from the beginning”.

Head of the Lebanese caretaker government, Najib Mikati, said in his speech: “We appreciate the return of sister Syria to play its full role in the League of Arab States”.

Omani Deputy Prime Minister Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said said in his speech: “We welcome the resumption of the active participation of the brotherly Syrian Arab Republic in the work of the Arab League, and we express our satisfaction with the participation of His Excellency President Bashar al-Assad at the summit with complete certainty that Syria will regain its place as an Arab beacon”.

The Omani Deputy Prime Minister added: “Preserving and developing the Arab League will boost the development of cooperation between our countries in the interest of their peoples”.

Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi , said in his speech: “The necessity of implementing a road map to solve the crisis in Libya through dialogue and ending the division in a way that preserves State institutions”.

The Special Envoy of the President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Ambassador Dafallah Haj Ali, said: “We welcome the return of Syria to the Arab League, and Sudan has been calling for the return of Syria to the House of Arabs and has been keen to continue its diplomatic relations with it”.

Works of the 32nd session of the Arab Summit was concluded and its decisions were adopted.

A memorial picture gathers President Bashar al-Assad with kings, presidents and leaders ahead of the beginning of the Arab Summit in Jeddah.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency