'We are confident Summit will succeed in resolving regional challenges,' says Abbas


Published: 2023-05-19 17:20

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 01:02

'We are confident Summit will succeed in resolving regional challenges,' says Abbas
'We are confident Summit will succeed in resolving regional challenges,' says Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Arab leaders during the 32nd Arab Summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to support the implementation of a recent General Assembly resolution.

He urged them to submit written pleas from their respective countries to the International Court of Justice, seeking an advisory opinion on the legality, structure, and eligibility of the regime established by the Israeli Occupation in Palestine.

In his speech, Abbas emphasized his rejection of the continuous violations committed by the Israeli Occupation authorities on Palestinian land and holy sites.

He called upon the international community to hold Israeli Occupation accountable for its crimes against Palestinians and provide them with international protection.

Abbas highlighted that the Israeli Occupation persistently disregards signed agreements and UN resolutions, pursuing a colonial Zionist agenda based on the perpetuation of occupation, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid.

He denounced the Israeli Occupation's unilateral measures, settlement policies, annexation projects, and discriminatory laws as defiance of international legitimacy.

The Palestinian President stressed the urgency of changing the current and dangerous situation, emphasizing that the Israeli Occupation cannot achieve security and peace without the freedom and independence of the Palestinian people.

Abbas expressed confidence in the Arab Summit's ability to address regional and global challenges facing the Arab nations. 

He affirmed Palestine's readiness to collaborate under the leadership of Saudi Arabia for the success of Arab, regional, and international efforts.

Their aim is to find solutions to regional crises, as well as promote security, peace, and prosperity for the peoples of the region.

Regarding the Palestinian cause, Abbas reiterated his belief that the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the end of the Israeli Occupation of the State of Palestine, the establishment of its capital in East Jerusalem on the 1967 borders, the right of return for refugees, and the liberation of prisoners, should be at the core of the summit's concerns.

He emphasized that such a just and comprehensive solution must be based on international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Abbas paid tribute to the steadfastness of those in refugee camps, Jerusalem, and its surroundings, as well as martyrs, prisoners, and the wounded.

He underscored the importance of national unity, reconciliation, and adherence to the Liberation Organization's program and international legitimacy.

The Palestinian President assured that the Palestinian people will remain resolute in their homeland, preserving their national identity and sanctities.

He expressed confidence that Arab leaders will continue to provide political and material support to strengthen the resilience and perseverance of the Palestinian people and contribute to the development of their independent state.

Addressing the United Nations resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, Abbas regarded it as a refutation of the Israeli Occupation Zionist narrative that denies the reality of the Nakba since 1948.