Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

Updated 14 April 2018
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Lebanese president to emphasize unity at Dammam summit

  • Aoun is expected to emphasize importance of Arab solidarity in speech
  • Lebanese president to highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon

Beirut: President Michel Aoun, who will lead the Lebanese delegation to the Arab League Summit in Dammam, “will emphasize in his speech the importance of Arab solidarity,” his spokesman Rafiq Shlala told Arab News. 

Aoun conveyed the same message at the previous summit in Jordan, and will reaffirm Lebanon’s stance regarding developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, Shlala said. 

The president will highlight Israel’s continued threats against Lebanon, and the former’s persistent violations of the latter’s sovereignty, his spokesman added.

Aoun will also highlight the repercussions in Lebanon of hosting so many Syrian refugees, Shlala said.


Sudan appoints new peace envoy to S.Sudan

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Sudan appoints new peace envoy to S.Sudan

  • Jamal Al-Sheikh was put in charge of “following the implementation” of the peace deal signed last month by warring South Sudanese parties
  • Civil war in the world’s youngest country erupted in December 2013, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir on Wednesday appointed a peace envoy to South Sudan, mired in conflict since it won independence from its northern neighbor in 2011.
Former ambassador to Juba, Jamal Al-Sheikh, was put in charge of “following the implementation” of the peace deal signed last month by warring South Sudanese parties, Bashir told a gathering of Sudanese diplomats.
“Peace in Sudan cannot be separated from peace in the region, and achieving peace in South Sudan is a big step toward a comprehensive peace,” he said.
Civil war in the world’s youngest country erupted in December 2013, killing tens of thousands, displacing millions and triggering a regional refugee crisis.
South Sudanese arch-foes President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar signed their latest peace deal on September 12 in Ethiopia after talks hosted by Khartoum.
South Sudan gained independence under a peace deal ending a 22-year civil war pitting rebel groups against Khartoum.
But the Darfur region and the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, close to oil-rich South Sudan, have continued to see deadly conflict pitting rebel groups against the Sudanese government.
Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting insurgents against it.
A US-funded survey released recently estimated that nearly 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict in South Sudan.