Arab National Security Document Stresses Need to Face Common Challenges

Arab National Security Document Stresses Need to Face Common Challenges

Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 11:30
Arab leaders pose for the camera, ahead of the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Dhahran - Asharq Al-Awsat
Arab leaders have pledged continued support for the Palestinian cause and vowed to stand united against all attempts to Judaize Jerusalem. They also stressed the consolidation of the Arab nation against the threat of terrorism and extremism, and called upon the Arab regional neighbors to abide by the principles of good neighborliness and respect for the sovereignty of Arab states.

These pledges were made in a document - released on Sunday at the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran- on the consolidation of Arab national security to confront joint challenges.

In accordance with the Charter of the Arab League and the Charter of the United Nations, the document stressed that Arab leaders must act to strengthen solidarity among states and coordinate positions to reach a common vision, which has become an urgent need to face common challenges and to maintain peace, security and stability in the region.

In the document, titled “Strengthening Arab National Security To Face Common Challenges,” the leaders pledged to support the Palestinian cause in order to establish an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital on the June 4, 1967 borders, in line with relevant UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

The document included clauses on strengthening the Arab nation against the imminent danger of terrorism and violent extremism, working to support and develop Arab strategies and mechanisms to combat terrorism, and maintaining Arab national security through economic, social, cultural and intellectual means.

The document shed light on the dangers facing the Arab nation due to the regional greed, threats against Arab countries, and targeting their capitals and national identity. It stressed on acting decisively to end these regional threats and meddling in Arab affairs.

It called for accelerating the mechanisms of joint Arab action in the economic, social and developmental fields, and implementing Arab strategies that would lead to sustainable development in various parts of the Arab world.

According to the document, the General Secretariat of the Arab League has been entrusted to following up the implementation of the document, in coordination with member states, through the strategies and mechanisms set forth in the framework of joint Arab action in the Peace Initiative Committee, Arab economic integration mechanisms, Arab counterterrorism strategy and the Quartet Ministerial Committee on Iran and means of ending its intervention in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

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