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More Arab States Welcome Upcoming Arab, Gulf Summits in Makkah

More Arab States Welcome Upcoming Arab, Gulf Summits in Makkah

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 07:45
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Cairo, Jeddah - Sawsan Abu Hussein and Asharq Al-Awsat
Arab states continued to welcome and express their support for Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s call to hold two urgent summits in Makkah ahead of the Islamic Summit on May 31.

The Arab League announced Monday it started circulating the invitation by King Salman to Arab leaders to hold an Arab summit on May 30. A Gulf summit will be held on the same day.

The bloc said the Arab summit aims at discussing last week’s sabotage of commercial vessels near the UAE territorial waters and attacks carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen against two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia and their serious implications on regional and international peace and security and on world oil markets’ supply and stability.

Kuwait’s permanent representative to the Arab League said Monday her country welcomes King Salman’s call and sends its support to hold the urgent summits.

“In order to achieve security and maintain stability in the region and the world, the Comoros affirms its support for Saudi Arabia and for the convention of the Arab Summit,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.

Sudan’s foreign ministry praised Saudi Arabia’s sincere and continuous efforts to “promote regional peace and Arab and Islamic solidarity,” expressing hope that the two summits will attain the desired outcomes.

Mauritania hailed the Kingdom’s keenness to unify Arab solidarity in light of the critical situation in the region.

Yemen welcomed the Arab summit to confront the regional challenges and their repercussions on regional and international security and peace.

It said this is necessary in light of Iranian regional threats and proxies, represented by terrorist Houthi attacks against the oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia and sabotage of commercial vessels near the UAE's territorial waters.

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef al-Othaimeen said that the timing of the 14th regular session of the Islamic Summit in Makkah affirms Riyadh’s leading political and economic status.

The current critical issues and challenges facing the Islamic world require pushing Islamic efforts forward to overcome them, the OIC said in a statement.

“For this reason, leading a collective action to solve problems and crises and address the challenges facing our Islamic world, starting from Saudi Arabia, will have a positive impact,” the statement added.

“The Kingdom's hosting of the summit, which is taking place under conditions and challenges facing the Islamic world, comes to emphasize its leading role,” it noted.

Othaimeen hailed efforts by King Salman and his Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman to bring together the Islamic nations, serve their causes and clarify the true image of moderate Islam, which renounces terrorism and extremism.

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