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Draft declaration calls for an Arab defense force

RIYADH: Top delegates of the 4th Summit of the Arab-South American Countries (ASPA) made their final draft of the Riyadh Declaration for approval by leaders of the 34-member states during their two-day meeting in the capital.
From the Saudi side, Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, undersecretary for multiple relationships parties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired the advanced meeting. He praised the pro-Arab and positive attitudes of the Kingdom’s counterparts from South America countries.
Among the top proposals was the creation of an Arab military force to counter terrorism, which poses a major threat to national security. It emphasized the equal rights of all people to live in a world free of nuclear weapons.
It is equally important to invite the International community to adopt a more effective approach to the implementation of Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Trade exchange between the two groups stood at a record $33 billion over the last two years, up from $6 billion in 2004. Brazil tops South American exporting countries with its cumulative exports worth $204.8 billion, followed by Chile with $46.46 billion and Argentina with $58.12 billion.
Delegates agreed on a number of issues of common interest in the political arena, most notably their call for immediate Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories it occupied in the June 7, 1967 military aggression, including the Syrian Golan Heights and the remaining Lebanese territories.
The draft also stresses the need to release all political prisoners, Arabs and Palestinians, from Israeli jails, while reiterating the condemnation of the Israeli aggression on the schools belonging to the refugees in Gaza and lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
The draft underlines emphasis on the sovereignty of Syria and the unity of Yemen. In this context, they welcomed the $274 million from King Salman for humanitarian relief in Yemen that aims to meet the developmental needs under a center in his name for relief and charity work with allocation of $266 million to fund the urgent needs of the Yemeni people.
It rejected any linkage between terrorism and religions, or races or cultures. The declaration also reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty of Syria as well as its unity and territorial integrity.

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