His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah Thursday urged parties of the current escalation in the region to resort to “wisdom” and take the course of dialogue to address tension.
His Highness the Amir, addressing an urgent Arab Summit held in the Saudi holy city of Makkah, said there were “wrong practices that contributed to this escalation, which should make us act to correct the wrong practices through which the Iranian side deal with the developments and troubles of the regional countries.”
His Highness the Amir the urgent summit was held amidst critical circumstances “threatening the security and stability of our Arab Nation,” and participants should realize ramifications of these circumstances. “Our Arab nation has been witnessing a sharp decline in its security and stability, which affected our ability to activate our common Arab action and derailed potentials of development and construction of our countries,” he said.
His Highness the Amir affirmed the Palestinian cause would remain the top cause of the Arabs and that its resolution should be based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent stat with East Jerusalem as its capital. He also said the conflicts in Yemen and Libya, as well as political uncertainties in Sudan and Algeria were affecting security and stability of the Arab nation.
Terrorism, said His Highness the Amir, was causing “a wound” that required collaboration of efforts to address it. His Highness the Amir commended Saudi King’s invitation for urgent summit, which refl ected his keenness on “our common Arab action.” King Salman’s call for the urgent summit was followed by attacks by two ballistic missiles by the Houthis against Makkah and Jeddah. His Highness the Amir appealed to leaders of Arab Gulf countries to put aside their differences in order to overcome critical regional challenges, while making clear to “the other party” that “wrong practices” contributed to the current situation.
“I urge you from this blessed place that we achieve hopes and aspirations of our people, and I appeal to you to overcome issues that should not stop us from placing interests of our countries and future of our people as our top priority,” His Highness the Amir was speaking at an urgent meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), held in Makkah, in reference to the Gulf crisis. His Highness the Amir called on the GCC leaders to restore unity “of our ranks which enabled us over the past four decades to develop common Gulf action and confront many dangers and challenges.” Without this unity, he added, “we will continue to be incapable of giving hope and optimism to our people who were tired of our differences and feeling the pain of their continuous existence.”
His Highness the Amir said the critical challenges on the security and stability of this region should “make us rise above our differences and put the higher interest of our countries above anything else.” His Highness the Amir said the bloody confl ict in Yemen “is threatening our security and stability,” and the “tragic” situations in Syria and Libya were undermining security of the Arab nation.
He added uncertainties in Sudan an Algeria required consultations in order to maintain unity and interest “of our countries.” His Highness the Amir expressed solidarity with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia following attacks on their properties, which were undermining the two countries’ security and stability, as well as jeopardizing international maritime navigation and oil supplies. He called for making it clear for the allies that escalation and tension in the region “will only lead to confrontation and destruction of our resources, wisdom should prevail and dialogue should be the only way to prevent our region wars we have long suffered from.
“We need to communicate with the other party and explain in a frank and transparent manner that many factors and wrong practices contributed to this level of tension, and we need to correct the way we deal with events in the region,” he said, in reference to Iran. His Highness the Amir said Kuwait non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council was a chance to convey “our concerns of the recent developments to the UNSC. His Highness the Amir thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz for showing “extreme high sense of historic responsibility amidst these critical circumstances.”
His Highness the Amir condemned attacks on Saudi Arabia and affirmed solidarity with the Kingdom to defend its security and stability, while denouncing assaults on ships off UAE which threatened maritime navigation and oil supplies. His Highness the Amir, addressing a summit meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said Kuwait condemned the attacks on Saudi Arabia which targeted its security and safety of its citizens.
Kuwait, he said, also condemned attacks on commercial ships off the United Arab Emirates, which posed a threat to regional security and stability as well as safety of maritime navigation and international oil supplies. His Highness the Amir said the region was experiencing “critical and unprecedented challenges … which might affect our nations and stability,” which required maximum cautious and allow all efforts aimed at addressing escalation to prevent the region from confrontation. He said wisdom and rationale should prevail in order to prevent conflict and thus “preserve higher interest so our nations, security and safety of our people.” His Highness the Amir, meanwhile, said “we are in pain because efforts are not successful” towards solving the Palestinian cause and the suffering of the Palestinians. He called on the international community to activate its efforts to revive the peace process in the Middle East, and affirmed a resolution of the Palestinian required maximum cautious and allow all efforts aimed at addressing escalation to prevent the region from confrontation. He said wisdom and rationale should prevail in order to prevent conflict and thus “preserve higher interest so our nations, security and safety of our people.”
His Highness the Amir, meanwhile, said “we are in pain because efforts are not successful” towards solving the Palestinian cause and the suffering of the Palestinians.
He called on the international community to activate its efforts to revive the peace process in the Middle East, and affirmed a resolution of the Palestinian cause should be based on right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with UN resolutions, Arab peace initiative and two-state solution. His Highness the Amir said the suffering of the Yemeni people posed a challenge to the Islamic nation. He said all international efforts failed to end the bloody conflict in Yemen because agreements were not fully implemented, and called for abiding by the recent Stockholm agreement to solve the conflict in Yemen in line with GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, outcome of national dialogue and relevant UN resolutions.
On Syria, His Highness the Amir said efforts to solve the crisis, which entered its 9th year, were far from being accomplished which would thus prolonge suffering of the Syrian people, while security and stability of the region remain fragile. His Highness the Amir expressed support for the UN Secretary General’s special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to reach a solution that would end the humanitarian catastrophe in line with UN resolutions and communique of Geneva. On Libya, His Highness the Amir called on the warring parties to stop hostilities thus bloodshed, and consider the safety of the Libyan people in compliance with UN envoy calls. Terrorism, said His Highness the Amir, was targeting Muslims “therefore we should double the efforts and boost coordination with international community to confront forces of evil and to continue our victories and achievements.”
His Highness the Amir said the Islamic nation was “experiencing difficult conditions,” noting 37 percent of Muslims, or 507 million people, live under te poverty line, while 61 percent of displaced people around the world were Muslims. His Highness the Amir said 40 percent of the Muslims were illiterate and unemployment was more than seven percent. “These are terrifying and painful numbers,” which should encourage the Islamic countries to activate development mechanisms. His Highness the Amir urged the Muslims leaders to work together to honor aspirations of their people to live in peace, security and prosperity, in addition to stopping bloodshed of Muslims in conflict areas.