Arab Times

Call for Israel’s withdrawal from all Arab occupied lands

4th Arab-South American Summit concludes

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RIYADH, Nov 11, (KUNA): The 4th ArabSouth American Summit held in Saudi Arabia has called for an immediate Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territorie­s, including the Syrian Golan Heights, and what remains in Lebanon.

The final statement issued at the end of the two-day summit on Wednesday also called for dismantlin­g all settlement­s, including those in the occupied East Jerusalem.

The Riyadh Declaratio­n stressed that the continuous Israeli occupation of the Palestinia­n territorie­s and the growing settlement activity impedes the peace process.

It reiterated the need to realize the legitimate rights of the Palestinia­n people, including the right of selfdeterm­ination, which guarantees establishi­ng an independen­t Palestinia­n state on the pre-June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem a capital.

The Arab and South American leaders reiterated momentousn­ess of prompt and unconditio­ned release of all Palestinia­n and Arab POWs and political detainees in Israel’s prisons.

In the meantime, the Riyadh Declaratio­n stressed that the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes is an undeniable right for the signatory states of the Non-Proliferat­ion Treaty (NPT).

The selective or discrimina­tory applicatio­n of the peaceful right in nuclear energy will harm the credibilit­y of the NPT, the Declaratio­n said.

It reiterated people’s right to live in a world “free of nuclear weapons,” urging the internatio­nal community to get engaged in negotiatio­ns on the catastroph­ic outcome of the use of nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the Riyadh Declaratio­n welcomed the intensive dialogue and cooperatio­n between the Arab and South America countries.

It underscore­d the necessity of taking into considerat­ion the importance of exerting fresh and methodolog­ical efforts to enhance the benefits of hold- ing regular summits between the two sides, every three years, out of a belief in the major role of the regional and internatio­nal blocs.

The document also reaffirmed respect for human rights.

The Declaratio­n urged encouragem­ent of bilateral meetings and agreements to foster trade and investment­s, in line with national developmen­t policies and the regional guiding principles. It also called for supporting investment policies and the relevant legal frameworks, besides enhancing exchange of informatio­n on taxes and fees.

The two sides were urged to look into concluding bilateral free trade agreements, and others to avoid dual taxation, in a bid to give an impetus to bilateral investment­s.

 ?? Photo from PM’s Diwan ?? Kuwait’s delegation headed by HH the PM Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah during the
4th Arab-Latin American Summit.
Photo from PM’s Diwan Kuwait’s delegation headed by HH the PM Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah during the 4th Arab-Latin American Summit.

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