Extraordinary Arab Summit held in Sirte

October 11, 2010

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the extraordinary Arab Summit in the Libyan city of Sirte on Saturday. Addressing the gathering, Prince Saud stressed the importance of further developing Arab institutions, especially the Arab League, and strengthening regional cooperation. He warned of the erosion of the Arab role on the world stage, noting that other countries, including Israel, have tried to exploit Arab disunity. Prince Saud called for the launching of a new era in which innovative means and mechanisms are employed to make the region more able to face current and future challenges and to contain impending threats. While similar attempts have failed in the past due to a lack of commitment, he noted, the goal of Arab unity is too important to give up on.

On Sunday, Prince Saud and the Kingdom’s delegation attended the 2nd Arab-African summit, also held in Sirte, along with representatives from more than 60 other nations. In the summit’s final statement, the participants adopted a strategy of partnership for the strengthening of political, economic, social and cultural cooperation between the Arab and African worlds. Furthermore, a joint Arab-African Fund was established to reduce the impact of disasters on countries in both regions.

Before departing Libya, Prince Saud met with many foreign dignitaries, including Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salih.

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