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Arab Leaders Commit to Fighting Terrorism, Preserving Homeland Security at Nouakchott Summit | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Nouakchott – Arab leaders will convene on Monday in Nouakchott at the 27th Arab Summit to announce a unified stance on regional conflicts, Iran’s foreign interference and efforts to fight terrorism.

Asharq al-Awsat newspaper received a copy of the Nouakchott Declaration, which will be issued at the end of the session today.

The declaration stressed Arab States’ commitment to use the most effective means to protect Arab national security, by developing mechanisms to fight terrorism in all its forms, promoting peace and security, encouraging dialogue and fending off hatred and extremism.

On the Palestinian issue, Arab leaders said that the Palestinian case should be at the core of their efforts, reiterating their commitment to support the struggle against the Israeli methodical aggression and deploying all efforts towards the establishment of fair and sustainable peace that would be based on the Arab Peace Initiative, the Madrid Peace Conference and the relevant international resolutions.

In this context, Arab leaders have welcomed the French initiative that called for holding an international peace conference that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital within a specified timeframe.

They also called on the international community to implement international resolutions that would end the Israeli occupation and achieve the Israeli forces’ withdrawal from the entire Arab occupied territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights and occupied areas in South Lebanon.

On the situation in Libya, the Nouakchott Declaration called on the conflicting parties to deploy all possible efforts to rebuild the country and face terrorist groups.

Arab leaders have also urged the warring parties in Yemen to reach positive solutions at the ongoing Kuwait Peace Talks. They added that the current meetings held in Kuwait should be an opportunity to promote peaceful dialogue that would hopefully result in the establishment of stability and security in the war-torn country.

The Nouakchott Declaration also hoped that a peaceful solution would be reached in Syria to restore the country’s sovereignty, unity and the dignity of the Syrian people.

It also expressed Arab leaders’ commitment to support Iraq in preserving its unity and security and in facing terrorist groups and liberating territories controlled by the so-called ISIS.

The Arab leaders welcomed the progress achieved in the national reconciliation in Somalia and the rebuilding of state institutions.

Regarding the crisis in Sudan, the leaders have expressed their solidarity with the Sudanese Republic for its efforts to promote peace and preserve its national sovereignty. They also welcomed the ongoing dialogue and the efforts to activate the Sudanese initiative on food security as one of the bases of Arab homeland security.

On terrorism, Arab leaders expressed their desire to create environments free of extremism and violence, by consolidating democratic ruling and instilling values of solidarity between Arab states, as well as promoting human skills, fostering Arab scientific research and offering proper job opportunities for citizens.

The Nouakchott Declaration voiced Arab leaders’ support to international and Arab humanitarian relief efforts aimed at assisting residents of war-stricken countries, as well as refugees, displaced persons and emigrants. It also called for developing modern mechanisms to meet urgent humanitarian needs and assist countries that are receiving refugees.

On the nuclear level, Arab leaders reiterated the need for Israel to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and impose international control over its nuclear program.