Ataf: The Palestinian issue will remain our central issue… and efforts will be redoubled to enforce respect for the rights of the Palestinian people

Ataf: The Palestinian issue will remain our central issue… and efforts will be redoubled to enforce respect for the rights of the Palestinian people
Ataf: The Palestinian issue will remain our central issue… and efforts will be redoubled to enforce respect for the rights of the Palestinian people

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ataf said that the source of our growing concern lies in the continuation of political and security crises in some wounded Arab countries and the emergence of other hotbeds of tension that deprive our brothers of the blessing of security, tranquility, stability and prosperity.

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Ataf stressed – before the meeting of Arab foreign ministers preparatory to the 32nd Arab summit, which will be held tomorrow under the chairmanship of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – that the Palestinian issue will remain our central issue, referring to the suffering of our Palestinian brothers as a result of the practices of the Israeli occupation and its systematic criminal attacks against our brothers in occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The besieged, as well as the obstruction of the prospects for peace in the Middle East, are all matters that, as much as they grieve our souls, require us to redouble efforts to impose respect for the rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is their right to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He added that his country was keen, at the Algiers Summit, to establish the Palestinian issue at the top of the priorities of joint Arab action, and we affirmed its central character and our adherence to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 with all its pillars and controls.

He stated that under the direct supervision of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algeria continues its endeavors to achieve Palestinian reconciliation by accompanying all parties towards the embodiment of the national entitlements included in the “Algeria Declaration of Reunification for the Achievement of Palestinian National Unity,” which was signed in Algeria on October 13, 2022 by all parties. Palestinian factions.

He pointed out that, in addition, and within the framework of activating the decisions of the Algiers summit, Algeria, in coordination with all Arab brothers, continues its efforts to enable the State of Palestine to obtain more international recognition and obtain full membership in the United Nations.

With regard to the situation in Sudan, he said that the serious deterioration of the situation in brotherly Sudan with its security, political and humanitarian repercussions constitutes a source of great concern, which is what called on the Algerian president, in his capacity as the rotating president of the Arab summit, to make efforts with the United Nations, the African Union and the IGAD organization to develop a joint initiative It included stopping the fighting and bloodshed and launching a comprehensive political process to resolve the crisis.

Ataf praised the mediation efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the immediate cessation of military actions, the sense of responsibility in order to preserve lives and property, and the engagement in political negotiations leading to a peaceful solution that ends this dangerous crisis once and for all.

With regard to the crisis in Libya, the Algerian minister reaffirmed his country’s firm conviction that the return of stability will only take place through a Libyan-Libyan path that encourages consensus between the daughters and sons of this brotherly country to move forward in organizing parliamentary and presidential elections to end the crisis once and for all and achieve the aspiration of the Libyan people in Building a democratic and modern state, and he said, “There is no doubt that an endeavor at this level of importance and sensitivity requires resorting to reason and rationality, showing a spirit of responsibility towards the homeland, and upholding the interest of Libya and the Libyans above all other narrow interests.”

With regard to the Lebanese issue, Ataf expressed his hope that the parties in Lebanon would agree on solutions that would end the current political impasse by electing a president and devoting himself to addressing the serious economic problems facing this brotherly country, in order to fulfill the right of its people to live in security and stability.

The minister stressed the importance of recalling that the Algiers summit had adopted a set of proposals put forward by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in order to activate the role of the League of Arab States in preventing and resolving conflicts, devoting the popular dimension to our collective project, and strengthening the status of youth and innovation in joint Arab action.

He stressed the need for these reforms to ensure an optimal exploitation of the elements of economic integration that God endowed our countries with to build a better future, noting that they are “elements, despite their abundance and diversity, that only expect us to provide a stimulating environment to achieve the aspirations of our peoples in terms of economic cooperation, sustainable development and common prosperity.”

And he continued, saying: “And what is our greatest need today to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and solidarity, especially with regard to the Arab countries that are going through difficult economic conditions, which require a gift of solidarity from all of us according to the various available formulas bilaterally and collectively.

In addition, the exceptional situation that our brothers in Djibouti and Somalia are facing as a result of the drought sweeping the Horn of Africa requires us to take urgent measures to avert an imminent humanitarian catastrophe.

The Algerian Foreign Minister concluded his speech by thanking everyone for all the support and support during the period of Algeria’s rotating presidency, and he invited Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, to assume the presidency of the Council, wishing him full success and success in performing his duties, and expressing to him In the same context, we express our full support for the Kingdom’s presidency and our certainty that it will constitute an important station for devoting the foundations of understanding, consensus and unity in the service of our collective project, which is a civilized project par excellence.