Jubeir: ‘Jerusalem Summit’ confirms Arab world’s dedication to Palestinian cause

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that naming this year’s Arab League Summit also as the “Jerusalem Summit” was due to the strong desire to promote the Palestinian cause. (SPA)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Jubeir: ‘Jerusalem Summit’ confirms Arab world’s dedication to Palestinian cause

  • Jubeir said that the Palestinian people have suffered the longest conflict in the region, which has led into the displacement of millions
  • In response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he said “We have declared our clear position to the United States that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that naming this year’s Arab League Summit also as the “Jerusalem Summit” was due to the strong desire to promote the Palestinian cause, which was a central and fundamental issue for Arabs.

In a joint press conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit following the conclusion of the summit, Jubeir said: “The Arab and Islamic countries feel the need to highlight this issue in light of the urgent need to help the Palestinians to obtain their legitimate rights, foremost of which is the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Jubeir said that the Palestinian people have suffered the longest conflict in the region, which has led into the displacement of millions. He emphasized the need for Palestinians to have their own state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, so that they can live a decent life and build their country, adding that Arab and Islamic nations feel the pain of their Palestinian brothers.

“There is a desire to highlight the issue on the agenda of the Arab League and in the mind of the Arab and Islamic world, and in light of the conflicts and crises witnessed by the Arab world, we must not forget that it is the fundamental issue,” Jubeir said, and added that Saudi Arabia’s position was permanent and firm on the Palestinian issue and remained supportive on the peace initiative announced in 2002.

In response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he said: “We have declared our clear position to the United States that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine and that no decision should be taken that violates this balance in this region.”

However, Jubeir reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s “close relations” with the US.

“We have a strategic relationship and are stronger now. As friends, we continue dialogue and understanding on matters that we disagree with the administration of US President Donald Trump and this administration has also been positive in seeking help and reaching a dialogue on this matter.”

The foreign minister pointed out Saudi Arabia’s support to Palestine and contributions to achieving a decent life for the Palestinian people and enabling the Palestinian government to strengthen its economy.

During the 29th Arab League summit, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced that the Kingdom will donate $150 million to the Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem and $50 million to support the UNRWA program.

Meanwhile, Jubeir said that the Arab summit supported the operation and the military strike carried out by the United States in cooperation with Britain and France on Syrian regime sites that carried out attacks against unarmed Syrian civilians through the use of weapons containing poison gas banned internationally.

He stressed the position of the Member States of the League of Arab States and the belief that stability in Syria would only be achieved through a peaceful solution based on the Geneva Declaration, Security Council resolution 2254 and the Riyadh II Conference of the Syrian opposition held in November last year.


China’s Xi to arrive in the UAE for state visit

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China’s Xi to arrive in the UAE for state visit

  • His appointments during the three days include a series of high-level meetings with his Emirati counterparts
  • The UAE and China established diplomatic relations in November 1984

DUBAI: China’s Xi Jinping will arrive in the UAE Thursday for a three-day state visit, marking his first overseas trip since he was re-elected as president earlier this year.
Xi’s visit to the Emirates is part of his five-nation diplomatic tour – including Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa and Mauritius – to coincide with the Chinese leader’s attendance at the 10th annual BRICS summit in Johannesburg from July 25 to July 27.
Prominent UAE buildings – including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Frame in Dubai and Emirates Palace Hotel and Abu Dhabi Global Market in Abu Dhabi – have been lit up in red to resemble the Chinese flag in celebration of Xi’s visit.
His appointments during the three days include a series of high-level meetings with his Emirati counterparts. The Chinese leader is also scheduled to visit the recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi.
Since the start of their diplomatic relations, cooperation between the UAE and China has grown continuously, “supported by their strong ties of friendship and mutual respect, to achieve their mutual interests,” state media WAM reported, quoting Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansouri, the UAE’s Minister of Economy.


The strong diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries have developed into a strategic partnership, the report added.
China was the UAE’s largest trade partner in 2017 with their total non-oil trade exchange estimated at $53.3 billion, a 15 percent growth compared with 2016. Additionally, over 25 bilateral commercial agreements and MoUs between the two countries have been signed as of September last year and have exchanged over 120 official visits between 2011 and 2017.
Al-Mansouri added that since the start of their diplomatic relations, cooperation between the UAE and China has grown continuously and boosted by prospects for further partnerships through Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
The UAE and China established diplomatic relations in November 1984, with the UAE opening its embassy in Beijing on March 19, 1987. The Gulf state also opened consulates in Hong Kong in 2000, Shanghai in 2006 and in Guangzhou in 2016. China meanwhile established its Abu Dhabi embassy in April 1985 and its consulate in Dubai in November 1988.
There are about 200,000 Chinese citizens currently working or living in the UAE, while the number of Chinese tourists has risen about a quarter to over a million after the country granted visa-on-arrival privileges to visitors from the Asian country.