Arab League meets to discuss Middle East peace process

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia is committed to a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, said the Kingdom’s foreign minister.
Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Monday to discuss ways to strengthen Arab solidarity, with an emphasis on the Palestinian cause.
Heading Saudi Arabia’s delegation, Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Arab countries are united to face the challenges.
On Yemen, he welcomed the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement by the Yemeni parties, but said the Kingdom condemns attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia that target civilians.
“We call on the international community to put an end to Iran’s violations and its threat to the region,” he said, adding that the countries most affected by Iran’s threats must be a party to any future agreement.
Egyptian foreign minster Sameh Shoukry said Cairo is working to facilitate Palestinian dialogue to ensure reconciliation succeeds.
Shoukry said Egypt warns of any change in the status of Jerusalem, and stressed the importance of the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.
During the opening, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, also spoke saying “every threat to any state is a threat to us all,” and that the “Palestinian issue is the focus of Arab consensus.”
He called for the relaunch of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, and renewed the Arab League’s commitment to support Palestine until it achieves independence.
“The Palestinian position must be strengthened internally and externally,” he said. However, he added that on one hand Israel continues its efforts to undermine the two-state solution, and on the other hand, the Palestinian people are about to lose confidence in the two-state solution.
Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the Palestinian issue is central and the key to peace, and Amman was ready to engage with the new US administration to achieve peace.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan also held meetings with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Maliki and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on the sidelines of the meeting.
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