Arab Par­lia­ment Speaker urges unity to counter re­gion per­ils

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Arab Par­lia­ment (AP) Speaker Ahmed Al-Jar­wan yes­ter­day called for a re­assess­ment of the dan­gers threat­en­ing the peace and se­cu­rity of the Arab world. Al-Jar­wan made the call at the open­ing meet­ing of the first ses­sion of the AP’s se­cond leg­isla­tive term held in Egypt’s Red Sea re­sort of Sharm ElSheikh. Al-Jar­wan noted that the Pales­tinian is­sue would re­main the Arabs’ “piv­otal cause,” and stressed the ne­ces­sity that the Pales­tinian peo­ple must re­store their in­ter­na­tion­ally­ac­knowl­edged rights, and es­tab­lish their in­de­pen­dent state with Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal. He re­it­er­ated the AP’s sup­port to the Saudi-led coali­tion and the Op­er­a­tion Restor­ing Hope seek­ing to achieve se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and re­con­struc­tion in Ye­men.

Sup­port for Iraq

In the mean­time, the AP Speaker re­newed sup­port for the Iraqi peo­ple in the war against ter­ror, and stressed the im­por­tance of Iraq’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty, as well as unity among all com­po­nents of the Iraqi peo­ple. He called for re­solv­ing the cri­sis of dis­placed Iraqis, es­ti­mated at 3 mil­lion peo­ple. Freez­ing win­ter is ap­proach­ing while mil­lions of Arabs, dis­placed and refugees, live in tents that pro­tect them from nei­ther se­vere cold nor rain, es­pe­cially Syr­i­ans, he told the ses­sion. AlJar­wan em­pha­sized the fact that the le­gal and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­spon­si­bil­ity makes it in­evitable for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to ur­gently and im­me­di­ately in­ter­vene to res­cue be­sieged Syr­i­ans, who are starv­ing and ex­posed to death or forced mi­gra­tion. The mas­sacres on a daily ba­sis in Syria’s Aleppo raise ques­tions about the “world’s con­science,” he said, urg­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to as­sume their eth­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­spon­si­bil­ity to­ward Syr­i­ans. On Libya, the AP speaker re­it­er­ated sup­port to the Libyan peo­ple in their ef­forts for di­a­logue, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and dis­so­lu­tion of the cri­sis to re­store se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

Mean­while, Al-Jar­wan urged Iran to end its oc­cu­pa­tion of the UAE’s three is­lands, Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs. He called upon Tehran to re­spond to the UAE’s call to set­tle the is­sue thor­ough ne­go­ti­a­tions or to re­fer it to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice. In ad­di­tion, the Speaker called for stronger ties with Africa re­fer­ring to the joint ses­sion held in Sharm El-Sheikh Mon­day be­tween the AP and the Pan African Par­lia­ment. — KUNA

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