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Arab Summit ends with pledge on Middle East peace

  Prince Saud Al-Faisal talks to Syrian President Bashar Assad at Arab Summit in Algiers

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, at the conclusion of the two-day summit in Algiers of the League of Arab States, expressed satisfaction at its outcome, and praised the inaugural speech by Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika in which he reminded the Arab leaders of their pledge of solidarity enacted at last year’s Tunis Summit.

At the final session today, Secretary-General Amr Moussa read the ‘Algiers Declaration’, which stresses the need to pursue the Arab Initiative in the Middle East peace process. He also announced the formation of an Arab Parliament, to be based in Damascus, with four representatives from each of the 22 members of the League of Arab States. Next year’s Arab Summit, he said, will be held in Khartoum.