So­lu­tions to Arab crises must be po­lit­i­cal: Arab par­lia­ment chief

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Arab Par­lia­ment Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami stressed yes­ter­day that any so­lu­tion to crises and con­flicts af­fect­ing the Arab re­gion, in­clud­ing Syria, should be po­lit­i­cal. Salami high­lighted the need to ad­dress chal­lenges, he de­scribed as “grave, ex­cep­tional and dan­ger­ous,” through joint ef­forts, trans­parency, un­earthing so­lu­tions and fight­ing ter­ror­ism and fun­da­men­tal­ism.

“Our strength is in our unity and co­he­sion as our lan­guage is one, our iden­tity is one, our cul­ture is one, our his­tory is one and our destiny is one,” he told Arab del­e­gates gath­ered at the Arab League in Cairo. He ex­pressed sup­port of the three sum­mits re­cently hosted by Riyadh, say­ing they did much to build a solid part­ner­ship be­tween Arab and Is­lamic coun­tries, and the United States.

This part­ner­ship is aimed at tack­ling fun­da­men­tal­ism and ter­ror­ism, along with na­tions and in­sti­tu­tions that fund it, achiev­ing peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment in Arab and Is­lamic coun­tries Arab coun­tries have be­come ini­tia­tors in re­solv­ing is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est, he said, par­tic­u­larly on ter­ror­ism and steps to en­sure re­gional safety and se­cu­rity. Fur­ther­more, he re­it­er­ated his con­dem­na­tion of Is­raeli poli­cies, in­clud­ing dig­ging a tun­nel un­der the Wail­ing Wall and it’s con­tin­u­ing con­struc­tion of set­tle­ments on oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian lands.

On the Gulf cri­sis be­tween Qatar and sev­eral Arab coun­tries, he ex­pressed ex­treme anx­i­ety over its con­tin­u­a­tion and un­der­lined the need to re­solve this mat­ter within the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s frame­work.

Joint ac­tion

On Tues­day, Kuwait’s MP Ali Al-De­qbasi stressed the im­por­tance of en­hanc­ing and up­dat­ing the mech­a­nism of joint Arab ac­tion in or­der to at­tain the as­pi­ra­tions and am­bi­tions of Arab peo­ple. It is also im­por­tant to re­store Arab sol­i­dar­ity and meet peo­ple’s am­bi­tions in ac­com­plish­ing fur­ther eco­nomic, hu­man­i­tar­ian, sports, ed­u­ca­tional, and me­dia ob­jec­tives, in ad­di­tion to pro­tect­ing Arab societies, and in­ter­ests, De­qbasi said at the con­clu­sion of Arab Par­lia­ment’s For­eign Af­fairs, Po­lit­i­cal, and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee’s meet­ings at Arab Par­lia­ment (AP).

The Kuwaiti law­maker, who is also an AP mem­ber, also pointed out the “mas­sive” eco­nomic chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the Arab na­tion, in ad­di­tion to the out­break of dis­eases, poverty, and famine in sev­eral Arab coun­tries. An ef­fec­tive and fast Arab ac­tion is so es­sen­tial in fac­ing cur­rent chal­lenges, he noted, adding that Arab na­tional se­cu­rity is cur­rently “hacked” and that Arab na­tions are threat­ened by mul­ti­ple dan­gers on all lev­els. —KUNA

CAIRO: The sixth ses­sion of the Sec­ond Leg­isla­tive term of the Arab Par­lia­ment in progress. —KUNA

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