Discussions of the consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers led to “more rapprochement”

BEIRUT, July 2, 2022 (Xinhua) The discussions of the Arab foreign ministers in their consultative meeting in Beirut today (Saturday) dealt with the crises taking place in many Arab countries and led to “more rapprochement”, said the Lebanese caretaker foreign minister, Abdullah Bouhabib.

Bouhabib indicated, in a joint press conference with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, that the ministers and heads of Arab delegations expressed solidarity with Lebanon, which is currently chairing the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers.

He explained that the discussions that took place were transparent, and there was an exchange of views in a responsible and serious manner, and this led to “more rapprochement” on several issues and the introduction of “practical approaches” to the issues raised.

He said that the Palestinian issue was discussed and “the intransigence of the occupation and its dissipation of the foundations of a just and comprehensive solution based on the two states.”

He added that the upcoming Arab summit in Algeria and the issue of food security and the drought crisis in Somalia were discussed, where “the call was adopted to provide the necessary support to help alleviate suffering.”

In turn, Aboul Gheit pointed out that the consultative meeting “was very useful at all levels.”

He explained that “the meeting is for discussion and does not issue documents or decisions,” and that “the exchange of views is a prelude to transferring them to the theater of the decisions themselves.”

He added that “Somalia is approaching a famine as a result of a famine, pointing out that this may lead to shaking things in the Horn of Africa, as well as in the Red Sea and the entire East African region, Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula as a result of the migration of millions who do not find food.”

“This matter has been discussed, and we have some basic ideas and how we can proceed to help the Somali people,” he added.

Regarding Lebanon, Aboul Gheit said that the economic and political situation is “extremely difficult”, stressing the support of Arab countries “to search for settlements and support achieving stability,” adding, “We support Lebanon in its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.”

On the issue of demarcating Lebanon’s maritime borders with Israel, Abul-Gheit said, “We stand with the entire Lebanese state, and the Arab League has very clear positions. Moral and legal support is fully available to the Lebanese state.”

In response to a question about Syria’s status in the Arab League, Aboul Gheit replied, “The matter is up for discussion and will be raised for further discussion, because there are opinions that speak of a comprehensive framework for approaching the Syrian situation.”

He pointed out that “Syria did not leave the Arab League, but rather froze or not occupy its seat.”

He added, “The issue is not limited to one foreign party. There are many foreign powers that unfortunately play on the Syrian Arab land, and here is the tragedy.”

In response to another question, Aboul Gheit affirmed the Arab League’s support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, expressing concern about the problems facing the funding of the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and appealed to the Arab and international communities to “accelerate the payment of commitments or donations in order to save the Palestinians.”

The foreign ministers and heads of Arab delegations met today on the sidelines of their meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who stressed during the meeting the importance of Arab cooperation, considering, according to a statement by the Lebanese presidency, that “cooperation and solidarity between brotherly Arab countries is important in light of the crises and pressures our countries are witnessing.” and transformations.”

The statement quoted Aoun as stressing “the importance of Arab/Arab relations, especially in this delicate circumstance that the Arab world is going through, and the challenges it faces that require the utmost levels of consultation and joint cooperation.”

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