Arab leaders call for reconciliation

March 12, 2009

Following their summit in Riyadh yesterday, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah released a statement stressing the importance of Arab unity.

 

They characterized the summit as a result of the "collective will of the leaders of the four countries to purify the Arab climate and achieve reconciliation in completion of a call launched at the Kuwait Summit, held on 20 January 2009, by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz aiming at ignoring the past and overcoming Arab differences for the sake of the Arab nation’s interests."

The leaders welcomed the launch of a "new phase of inter-Arab relations," marked by a "unified Arab approach" towards key issues, particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Following the talks, President Mubarak, President Al-Assad and Emir Al-Sabah left the Kingdom yesterday evening.