Kuwait takes up chairmanship of Arab League from Qatar

Qatar's Permanent Representative to the Arab League handed over the presidency of the regional organization to his Kuwaiti counterpart.

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Ambassador Salem Mubarak Al Shafi, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the Arab League, handed over the presidency of the regional organization to his Kuwaiti counterpart during the 156th session of the Arab League. An Arab League meeting at the level of foreign ministers has also been scheduled for Thursday.

Ambassador Al Shafi stated that Arab countries are undergoing rapid advances, which are causing severe challenges for the region, particularly in Palestine. The Qatari envoy emphasized that the Palestinian struggle remains a top priority for Arab countries, citing its significant status and symbolism among people in the area.

The Qatari envoy emphasized Doha’s position on the matter and its unwavering support for Palestinian rights, including their right to self-determination and the building of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in a speech before handing over the presidency.

This is “in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative and the foundations on which it was based, foremost of which is the two-state solution,” according to Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Al Shafi reiterated Qatar’s firm position regarding the unity, sovereignty, and stability of Yemen, adding that that was why Yemeni parties must engage in a dialogue based on the outcomes of the national dialogue, the GCC initiative, and UN Resolutions, especially Resolution No. 2216, in order to realize the aspirations of the Yemeni people for security, stability, and unity,” the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined in a statement.

Officials also discussed the current situation in Syria, which is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of recent escalations.

The agenda of the Arab League meeting on Thursday will include articles related to supporting development and peace in Sudan, Somalia, and Comoros. It will also touch on “enhancing cooperation between Arab countries, and their African and European counterparts.”

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