Today, the Arab Summit concludes its series of preparatory meetings

27/3/2017 12:00 am

Jordan / Dead Sea / Esraa Khalifa
In the presence of Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a series of preparatory meetings, which began last Thursday, will conclude with Arab foreign ministers lifting Arab summit items to leaders and presidents at their summit meeting on Wednesday.

The Arab Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Sunday concluded its draft resolutions, including the inclusion of a draft resolution on Iraq's 3 million displaced people, including aid and development programs, the official spokesman of Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Afifi said. Like the Syrian refugees. At the current session, the summit reiterated its congratulations to Iraq on its great victories in the war against terrorism on behalf of the world and called for its assistance in rebuilding what was destroyed by terrorism.

American-French partnership
"An envoy of US President Donald Trump and another of the French government will take part in the opening session of the Arab summit scheduled for Wednesday," he said, adding that contacts were being held by the Jordanian embassy in Washington to arrange the program. US envoy meets during Arab summit Momani said UN envoy to Syria Stephane de Mistura would also participate in a meeting of Arab foreign ministers scheduled for Monday, where they would brief ministers on the latest developments in the Geneva-based political process, starting with the outcome of the Geneva 1 meetings, Pointing out that de Mistura enjoys the full support of the Arab countries in his efforts to reach a political solution to this crisis.

Attendance of the United Nations
Moumani also announced the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guteros, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mugrini, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki, OIC Secretary-General Yousuf Al-Othaimeen and President of the Arab Parliament Meshaal Al-Salami and a representative of the Russian President at the opening session.

Support Iraq
"The participants in the preparatory work of the summit renewed their support for the offer made by Iraq to support the relief efforts of the displaced," Momani said, noting that the Arab summit stands with the assistance of Iraq in the relief of refugees in recognition of the injustice suffered by terrorist gangs.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mahmoud Afifi, stressed that the items on Iraq are on the agenda of the Arab summit, pointing out that the items relate to condemning and denouncing the Turkish interventions and the Turkish military presence on Iraqi soil, in addition to including an Iraqi request to congratulate him on his victories in Mosul and help the displaced To return home and contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq.

On the concern raised over what was attributed to the Secretary-General of the Arab League the existence of a new Palestinian draft resolution, Afifi said that the State of Palestine did not submit its draft resolution to the summit, and some misinterpreted by the Secretary-General in this regard, and this did not mean the existence of changes Or amendments in the resolution. He stressed that there is no change in the course of action and Arab dealings with this issue, which adheres to the peace initiative, the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. He said that the only draft submitted to the summit from Jordan on refugees includes thanking host countries and considering supporting countries that bear The burden of hosting these refugees.

Syria Seat
And on the seat of Syria stressed the spokesman of the Secretary-General of the League that this subject was not on the table so as to be raised around him, pointing out that there is nothing new on this subject.

Afifi said that the summit will deal with the issue of terrorism in terms of its implications for national security and the need for all Arab countries to cooperate in confronting this scourge.

Displaced Iraqis
The Arab Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Sunday concluded its draft resolutions submitted to the Arab League Council at the level of the Arab summit, which includes a number of projects related to the economy and finance as well as the social aspect.

Trade Minister Salman Jumaili said he stressed the need to include a draft resolution on the three million displaced Iraqis, including aid and development programs, as well as Syrian refugees, so as not to become refugees outside their own country.

Al-Jumaili said in an interview with Al-Sabah that he presented this project to the Arab ministers and was adopted by them and presented to the Arab summit at the level of leaders and leaders. He pointed out that "helping the displaced is an important necessity that requires an Arab effort. Iraq to restore stability ".

Al-Jumaili added that "the 11 items discussed will be presented to the Arab leaders." He added that "the most important items are refugees, as well as other economic and social issues as well as combating terrorism and its social impact on the Arab peoples."

Intellectual awakening
In this context, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit affirmed that all Arab development efforts will not bear fruit if they are not accompanied by intellectual awakening and cultural renaissance, stressing that extremist ideology is the primary enemy of development in our region and that it mocks the structures of societies. Between the peoples and between their time.

Abul-Gheit said in his speech to the Arab Economic and Social Council: "Experience has shown that the distance between extremist thought and violence is shorter than we think, and facing this thought, with an open culture and modern education that promotes the values ​​of tolerance and citizenship. This breaks the path of violence and drains the sources that feed.

It must be based on joint strategies and continuous coordination between states and governments, not only in terms of security and military, but also in the fields of education, information and social work.

And extremism is born of despair, hatred and darkness of mind. Let our work in this Council be the energy of light and prosperity and work for the future.