21st Arab Summit begins

March 30, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and several other Arab leaders began deliberations today at the 21st Arab Summit in Doha.


Addressing the inaugural session, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani expressed appreciation for the Arab reconciliation initiative advanced by King Abdullah at the Kuwait summit earlier this year. He also welcomed the participation of King Abdullah in the G-20 economic summit to be held Thursday in London. "We do feel that King Abdullah will represent all of us at the summit and we hope he will succeed in his mission," the Qatari Emir said. "I am certain that King Abdullah will represent the interests of the Arab world and even the developing countries and their aspirations."

King Abdullah’s call for Arab solidarity was praised during a number of speeches, including those delivered by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad; Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Mousa, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Lebanese President Michael Suleiman, Moroccan King Mohammad VI, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Chairman of the Transitional Arab Parliament Mohammad Al-Saqr and Tunisian President Zine Al-Abidine.

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