Abul Gheit lauds Amir’s ef­forts for Arab unity, re­solv­ing con­flicts

Arab League chief re­it­er­ates Syr­ian cri­sis’ so­lu­tion po­lit­i­cal

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KUWAIT: Arab League’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ah­mad Abul Gheit has com­mended Kuwait’s dis­tinct and ma­jor role un­der His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for re­unit­ing Arabs, calm­ing at­ti­tudes and re­solv­ing con­flicts and crises.

His High­ness the Amir’s wise pol­icy for the Arab joint ac­tion is a sound ap­proach, namely ex­ert­ing ef­forts for calm­ing at­ti­tudes, end­ing con­flicts and set­tling dis­putes among the Arab coun­tries, Abul Gheit told the Kuwait TV in an in­ter­view on Fri­day.

Dur­ing his visit to Kuwait ear­lier last week, the League chief met with His High­ness the Amir, His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, and the First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah.

Abul Gheit said the meet­ings were “very fruit­ful.” He noted that goal of the visit was to dis­cuss han­dling the present Arab sit­u­a­tion, as well as the means to re­ac­ti­vate the Arab League’s per­for­mance and ef­fec­tive­ness.

Kuwait of­fers a good ex­am­ple of a com­mit­ted state mem­ber in the League, lav­ish­ing ef­forts to sup­port the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the chief, he said. Abul Gheit added that he had re­viewed with the Kuwaiti lead­er­ship his fu­ture plans to re­ac­ti­vate the Arab League in the wake of sev­eral “un­happy” events in the Arab re­gion. He pointed out that he and the Kuwaiti of­fi­cials shared a com­mon vi­sion on the Arab sit­u­a­tion.

Thorny is­sues

On the ef­forts to re­solve thorny is­sues of the re­gion, the Arab League chief said that un­der His High­ness the Amir, Kuwait has al­ways man­i­fested moder­a­tion in all sit­u­a­tions, re­frain­ing to get plunged in the on­go­ing con­flicts, and has been seek­ing to cool tem­pers.

He ex­plained that Kuwait has been shoul­der­ing heavy re­spon­si­bil­ity to calm the sit­u­a­tion on the Arab scene, a mat­ter that re­quires “frank­ness with all par­ties.” He stressed in this re­gard the coun­try’s good re­la­tions with all re­gional pow­ers, which makes it al­ways in a po­si­tion to be asked to in­ter­vene to end con­flicts. In the mean­time, Abul Gheit re­ferred to Kuwait’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Arab League’s bud­get. For decades, Kuwait has been the first coun­try to honor its fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments to the League, and to pay its share of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s bud­get, he said voic­ing grat­i­tude to For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled.

He also re­ferred to Kuwait’s lead­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts, point­ing to the great aid the coun­try presents around the globe, which “re­flects self-de­nial and readi­ness to help hu­man­ity.” He cited the role of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (KFAED), and its motto “Help­ing peo­ple to help them­selves.” In the mean­time, the Arab League Sec­re­tary Gen­eral high­lighted Kuwait’s ini­tia­tive for peace in Ye­men, host­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions among the Ye­meni par­ties. He said that it was a “pos­i­tive” ini­tia­tive that could be re­vived to end the cri­sis and the tragedy of the Ye­meni peo­ple.

Syr­ian con­flict

Mean­while, Abul Gheit said that set­tle­ment of the Syr­ian con­flict would only take place through po­lit­i­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions, rul­ing out suc­cess of the mil­i­tary op­tion. “The mil­i­tary op­tion is out of ques­tion, and the set­tle­ment will not be achieved but through a diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion which means ne­go­ti­a­tions and ef­forts ex­erted by all par­ties,” Abul Gheit said. The big­gest prob­lem of the Syr­ian cri­sis is that “the big pow­ers are deeply in­volved in this cri­sis, which deep­ens it and threats of an in­ter­na­tional con­fronta­tion,” he added.

Abul Gheit urged the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon and spe­cial en­voy to Syria Staffan de Mis­tura to ex­change views with the Arab coun­tries over the Syr­ian con­flict, which broke out in March 2011 and killed more than 250,000 peo­ple. He said a change must take place be­cause “lead­ers can­not stay for long years.” He con­demned the bom­bard­ment of un­armed civil­ians. Asked about Iraq, Abul Gheit said the state of Iraq has full le­git­i­mate right to re­gain con­trol of all ter­ri­to­ries, but rights of all sects and hu­man rights must be re­spected.

Pos­i­tive step

Separately, Abul Gheit termed as “pos­i­tive step” the elec­tion of Michel Aoun as Pres­i­dent of Le­banon, be­cause it would ease the ten­sion in the Arab coun­try. Aoun’s elec­tion “is a pos­i­tive step that re­flects a de­sire of the Le­banese com­mu­nity to end the dead­lock, con­fronta­tion and ten­sion,” Abul Gheit said.

He hoped the for­ma­tion of the Le­banese gov­ern­ment would take place in a con­sen­sus man­ner. The Le­banese par­lia­ment elected Aoun, leader of the Change and Re­form Bloc, with 83 votes in fa­vor which ended some two years and a half vac­uum in pres­i­dency.

Abul Gheit mean­while said the Arab League and its mem­ber coun­tries, in­clud­ing Kuwait, were sup­port­ing the Pales­tinian cause. “The Pales­tinian cause has lost a great deal in re­cent years be­cause the Arabs were busy in their own con­flicts due to for­eign in­ter­fer­ence,” said Abul Gheit. The Arab League chief paid a one-day visit to Kuwait last Mon­day, dur­ing which he met with His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, and First Deputy Pre­mier and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah. Abul Gheit as­sumed his Arab League post last March. He was Egypt’s for­eign min­is­ter from 2004 to 2011. —KUNA

Arab League’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ah­mad Abul Gheit

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