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Preparations for Arab Summit in Amman tomorrow

The Kingdom's delegation to the Arab Summit that will open in Amman, Jordan tomorrow will be led by Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. Also participating will be the Emir of Bahrain, the Emir of Qatar, the Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait and the special representative of the Sultan of Oman; the Presidents of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Djibouti, Sudan, Palestine, Somalia, Yemen and the Comoros; the Prime Minister of Mauritania, the Foreign Minister of Morocco, and the Vice President of the Iraqi Revolutionary Council.

Topics on the agenda include political developments in the Arab World, notably the Middle East crisis, the case of Kuwait and Iraq, and issues pertaining to Arab economic and commercial cooperation. Also on the agenda are support for Lebanon, Somalia, and Comoros, lifting the sanctions imposed on Sudan and Libya, Arab-African cooperation, relations with European countries, and the appointment of a new Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. A political statement to be called the 'Amman Declaration' is expected, stressing enhancement of Arab relations and settlement of disputes by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiation.
At a press conference yesterday evening, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who has been in Amman since Saturday at the preparatory meetings of the Arab foreign ministers, expressed satisfaction at the discussions, and revealed that the Summit's final communiqué had already been drafted.