President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi addresses Arab leaders at the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis on Sunday, March 31, 2019- press photo
CAIRO – 31 March 2019: In his speech at the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict comes on the top of the Arab world's agenda, calling for adopting fair and comprehensive political solutions to end to all conflicts in the Arab world.
"The historical injustice that is being practiced on the Palestinian people will shame the international community as long as the international legitimate decisions have been disregarded and the peace references have been circumvented," President Sisi said.
President Sisi added that the Arab world had already presented a comprehensive peace initiative for liberating the Arab occupied territories in accordance with the international decisions.
"We see no way out of it [Israeli-Arab conflict] without using fair and comprehensive solution to bring back the right to its owners; the Palestinian people should get their right of establishing a state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and occupied Golan should return to Syria to liberate all occupied Arab lands," President Sisi said.
Concerning the global counter-terrorism efforts, President Sisi called for activating the Arab counter-terrorism decision, adding that adopting a comprehensive confrontation against all forms of terrorism is a must. President Sisi shed light on the significance of the renewal of religious discourse to fight the extremist ideology of terrorists.
"Arab blood is being shed in a number of Arab countries, whether by Arab hands or by foreign terrorists and militias', hands for the sake of a regional power that interferes into Arab affairs," President Sisi said.
"We faced challenges in the past decade and witnessed a group of crises that arose eight years ago in several Arab countries like Syria, Libya and Yemen. These crises brought division, sectarianism, and terrorism that threatened the existence of the national state and its institutions in our Arab region," he added.
President Sisi called for holding negotiations in Geneva to reach a comprehensive settlement for the Syrian crisis. He also asked for implementing the UN initiative for Libya adopted by the UN secretary general eight months ago.
As for Yemen's situation, President Sisi called for carrying out recommendations of the Stockholm Accord, calling for the full withdrawal of all Iran-backed Houthi militia from Al- Hodeidah as a prerequisite for starting negotiations on the Yemen crisis.