Mal­abo hosts Africa-Arab Sum­mit

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

MAL­ABO: The 4th Africa-Arab Sum­mit will be held next week in Mal­abo, Equa­to­rial Guinea. The up­com­ing sum­mit, to be held on Novem­ber 23, will build up on res­o­lu­tions made in the pre­vi­ous sum­mit. It will fo­cus on build­ing foun­da­tions of re­spect, trust and com­mon in­ter­est. It will also fo­cus on find­ing com­mon grounds on eco­nomic and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. The 3rd Africa-Arab Sum­mit was held in Kuwait in 2013 where it was de­cided to a true geopo­lit­i­cal open­ness with coun­tries of the African con­ti­nent.

Kuwait has kept prom­ises it made in the pre­vi­ous sum­mit of meet­ing the needs of the African coun­tries of im­prov­ing their econ­omy, in­fra­struc­ture, food se­cu­rity, agri­cul­ture and de­vel­op­ment projects; hence bet­ter­ing the lives of its peo­ple. The 3rd Sum­mit adopted a new part­ner­ship strat­egy and a joint plan of ac­tion. The two re­gions re­viewed progress made in the three years since, and de­lib­er­ated on how to strengthen their co­op­er­a­tion in ways that would live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of their cit­i­zens in terms of so­cio cultural and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, mu­tual in­ter­est and re­spect.

It is­sued “Kuwait Dec­la­ra­tion” which voiced out a col­lec­tive de­sire to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cio-cultural fields be­tween the Arab and African na­tions as a fix of dis­putes and vi­o­lence in the two re­gions. The Sec­ond AfricaArab Sum­mit was held in Sirte, Libya, in 2010. It stressed the im­por­tance of build­ing a part­ner­ship be­tween the two re­gions which was agreed upon on the First Sum­mit that was held in Cairo, Egypt, in 1977. The first sum­mit came up with “Cairo Dec­la­ra­tion” that com­prised of 13 ar­ti­cles; it was a true pledge of Arab and African coun­tries to de­velop bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral re­la­tions, through long term com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Can­nons are sta­tioned at the his­toric Red Palace in Al-Jahra gov­er­norate.— KUNA

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