AL renews call for solution to Mideast problem

Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session in Cairo and Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. — Reuters

Saudi Gazette report

— Foreign ministers of Arab states and Japan affirmed their support for the establishment of an independent and contiguous Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967, borders with east Al-Quds as its capital.

They stressed the importance of finding a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the Arab peace initiative and relevant international resolutions, in particular UN resolution 2234 of 2016. The meeting called on the international community to pressure Israel to stop the actions and activities aimed at Judaizing the city of Al-Quds.

This came in a joint final statement issued by the 1st session of the ministerial meeting of the Arab-Japanese political dialogue held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League here on Tuesday.

The participants affirmed the importance of establishing political dialogue and consultation between the Arab group and Japan.

The participants — Algerian Foreign Minister Abdul Kader Musahel, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, and Palestinian Foreign Minister and Expatriate Affairs Riyad Al-Malki — emphasized the need to unify all efforts to eradicate terrorism.

They also highlighted the importance of Japan’s partnership with the Arab world.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that the Middle East is important for his country as his country’s investment budget is estimated at more of $3 trillion, but would seek to increase partnership in various fields.

Meanwhile, the Follow-up Commission for the Implementation of Resolutions and Commitments of the recent Arab Summit in Jordan held its meeting at the Arab League here on Tuesday.