Arab, Int’l Relations Council discuss Jerusalem

KUWAIT, Arab and International Relations Council President Mohammad Al-Saqer said US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer of US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city, topped council’s meeting agenda on Sunday.

The meeting also touched upon humanitarian conditions in Syria, Yemen and Libya, as well as crises in regional countries, Al-Saqer told reporters following the meeting.

Kuwait’s former Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said the meeting was held amidst critical development at the Arab and international scenes.

He said the meeting’s prime issue was the Palestinian cause.

The council members, he added, condemned Trump’s decision and rushed to help address financial resources of the UN Palestinian workers’ agency (UNRWA) in the wake of the US cessation of funding.

“Kuwait was the only Arab country that, along with a number of western countries, acted to address the (financial) deficit,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammad said he believed there was a need to evaluate the Arab order to address strategic problems facing national security. “This can happen through good governance and openness among regimes and their people,” he added.

Sheikh Mohammad, meanwhile, said the agenda of the State of Kuwait reflected same issues at the Gulf and Arab levels.

Hanan Ashrawi, spokesperson of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), said “we need to unite the visions and adopt strategic positions that help resolve our causes.” The US “is undoubtedly offering Al-Quds as an easy bite for the Israeli occupation, and to make Al-Quds a Jewish city, not an Arab Islamic and Christian city which has a tradition, a history, rights and people live in,” she said.

“What is happening now is an actual change on the ground, a unilateral imposition with false facts,” said Ashrawi.

Source: kuwait News Agency