Arab Summit begins in Bahrain


Published: 2024-05-16 14:02

Last Updated: 2024-06-16 17:59

Heads of state and delegates at the 33rd Arab Summit
Heads of state and delegates at the 33rd Arab Summit

The 33rd Arab Summit commenced in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Thursday, against the backdrop of ongoing Israeli Occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip for over seven months.

Leading the Jordanian delegation at the Arab Summit is His Majesty King Abdullah II.

The Jordanian delegation comprises Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi, Director of His Majesty the King's Office, Dr. Jaafar Hassan, and Jordan's Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, Ambassador Amjad Al-Adaileh.

- Speeches -

His Majesty King Abdullah II stressed the need to rally international efforts to ensure there's no division between the West Bank and Gaza, or the displacement of Palestinian brothers and sisters, alongside stopping escalation in the West Bank due to unilateral measures taken by the Israeli Occupation.

"While we continue, in cooperation with our brothers and international partners, to deliver aid to Gaza, we emphasize the necessity of supporting UNRWA to carry out its humanitarian role and increasing allocations to this essential organization," King Abdullah II stated.

"Achieving security and peace in the region requires intensifying efforts to support the Palestinian government in fulfilling its duties and supporting Palestinian brothers in obtaining their legitimate rights," he added.

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During his speech on Thursday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud urged the international community to back efforts for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Bahrain's King emphasized the need for an international peace conference and recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the current situation in Gaza represents the most significant conflict to affect civilians.

He emphasized the need for collective efforts to address global challenges, while highlighting the rejection of forced displacement on Arab, international, and humanitarian grounds.

Guterres also mentioned the escalating tensions in Jerusalem, noting that settlers are significantly impeding the delivery of aid to Gaza.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi expressed doubt about a genuine political will to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli Occupation aggression.

"We reject any attempt to undermine the Palestinian cause or forcibly displace Palestinians," he emphasized.

Palestinian President underscored the urgent need to activate the Arab safety network to support Palestinian resilience.

"Our immediate priority is to halt the aggression," he stressed. He noted that despite forming a new government, it hasn't received international financial support.

More than 120,000 Palestinians have been killed or injured in Gaza, he added. 

"Our focus is on ending the aggression immediately," he reiterated.

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- Who is attending? -

Attending the summit are Arab leaders and officials like Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Sabah, UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and others.

Also present are international figures including United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Francesca P. Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

In a preliminary meeting, Aboul Gheit discussed with Guterres the dire effects of the Israeli Occupation aggression on Gaza and highlighted the importance of UNRWA.