Putin Voices to Arab Summit Readiness to Cooperate over Regional Security

Putin Voices to Arab Summit Readiness to Cooperate over Regional Security

Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 05:30
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)
Moscow, Dhahran – Raed Jaber and Asharq Al-Awsat
Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Sunday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Arab countries to revive the political process in Syria and guarantee regional security.

He delivered this message to Arab leaders, who were meeting in the Saudi city of Dhahran for the 29th Arab League summit.

Putin added that Moscow was ready to “develop dialogue with Arab countries.”

Furthermore, he hoped that Russian and Arab efforts in the post-ISIS phase in Iraq and Syria “would succeed in reaching compromises to crises and ensure regional security.”

He stressed the need to continue the fight against terrorist groups and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Arab countries.

Present at the summit were Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

During the opening session of the annual meeting, Othaimeen highlighted the Palestinian cause, which has been at the heart of the organization’s concerns.

He stressed the need to adhere to Arab League statements related to the cause and its commitment to the two-state solution and 2002 Arab initiative. He also voiced concern over the developments in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

For her part, Mogherini expressed her gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its efforts in serving Arab causes.

She emphasized the importance of developing solutions and dealing with the crises in many Arab regions so that people can live in peace and stability.

She condemned the Syrian regime for displacing its own people and attacking them with chemical weapons, saying that the “perpetrators should be held accountable.”

On Iraq, she praised the people’s determination and courage in defeating the ISIS terrorist organization.

With regard to the Palestinian cause, she announced the EU’s readiness to host the sixth meeting on Jerusalem in cooperation with the Arab League. She stressed that her organization will not stop cease its efforts to reach a two-state solution through negotiations with the United Nations, the United States and Russia, as well as all concerned parties and Arab countries.

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