Palestinian Conflict on Primary Agenda for 27th Arab League Summit

The 27th Arab League Summit saw the situation in Palestine as the highest priority. Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit expressed that Palestine will “remain at the top of the league’s priorities, in order to ensure an end to the violence and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem.”

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A handout from the Arab League Summit released by Emirates News Agency shows HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al-Sharqi, member of Supreme Council and Ruler of UAE at the 27th Arab League summit in Mauritania.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has remained at the top of the summit agenda since it was first held in Cairo in 1964.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair asserted that, “the reason Palestine has and will continue to be a permanent issue on our agenda is that Israel remains continually inflexible towards the principles of a peaceful solution.”

The UN also addressed conflict and resolution between all Arab states individually, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Libya and Sudan. Leaders called for Arab states to “actively participate” in future high-level meetings, in order to address the massive refugee movements.

The summit concluded with hope for future cooperation, and stressed the need for economic and social development for the people of the Arab world.

Alexis Henning

BA in Political Science and International Relations, Minor in Middle Eastern studies. US expat in Dublin, IE.