Arab League Begins Summit in Kuwait

The Arab League started its 2014 summit on Tuesday in Kuwait at the Bayan Palace south of Kuwait City, the capital.

Attending the summit were the heads of thirteen Arab states including Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President, Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Adly Mansour the President of Egypt and Amir Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani from Qatar. States whose leaders did not attend sent a delegation of high-ranking officials to Kuwait.

The leader of Kuwait inaugurated the Summit’s opening ceremony by urging that the Arab nations have closer ties.

He said the summit was being held at a time of difficult circumstances across the region as well as internationally. The Amir stressed how important it was for the Arab League to stand united as well as coordinate its policy for the security and prosperity of the region.

The summit’s theme was set as having unity for a better future and is tasked with taking on the many regional problems, crisis and issues. The Palestinian cause and the crisis in Syria are expected to be at the top of the list on the leaders’ agenda.

This summit seeks to find a viable solution to end the civil war in Syria, which has costs hundreds of thousands to lose their lives. However, Syria’s summit seat remained vacant because in 2011, the Arab League suspended the country’s membership. However, the opposition leader in Syria Ahmad Al-Jabra from the Syria National Council was invited to speak at the summit.

The ongoing stalled issue of Palestinian peace with Israel is the second biggest issue to cover at the summit. Kuwait Amir said the issue has been a huge challenge throughout the Arab region and support for the Palestinians will continue across the Arab world.

Apart from the Palestinian issue and the crisis in Syria, the current summit will also cover economic cooperation, the security situation in Lebanon, the political progress in Egypt and terrorism.

Following the conclusion of the summit on Wednesday, the Kuwait Declaration, which relates to social, development, economic and political issues across the Arab world will be released.

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