Call for Israel’s withdrawal from all Arab occupied lands
4th Arab-South American Summit concludes
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.