DOHA: UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan hopes that "the will of Arab leaders would converge at the forthcoming Arab Summit to forge effective pan-Arab positions to counter the current challenges facing our Arab Nation."
Sheikh Khalifa has made his remarks at a press statement upon arrival in Doha, Qatar, to participate in the 21st regular Arab Summit.
Sheikh Khalifa said the forthcoming "Summit is being held amid extremely significant circumstances which mandate the activation of cooperation, understanding and coordination among Arab states to reach common visions and unified positions particularly in the light of the challenges and perils facing our Arab Nation as well as to safeguard its higher national interests."
The President further expressed confidence that this Arab Summit would further add boost to efforts to reach intra-Arab reconciliation.
Sheikh Khalifa arrived in Doha leading the UAE delegation on Monday and Tuesday at the Convention Centre in Sheraton Doha.
Sheikh Khalifa was received at the Doha International Airport by Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.
He stressed that the United Arab Emirates, as usual, "will spare no effort to back and support each and every effort to further strengthen pan-Arab solidarity as well as to forge a unified Arab stance to deal with the Arab, regional and international issues and counter the common challenges."
Sheikh Khalifa said "We are glad to be here today in the sisterly country Qatar alongside Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their Excellency the Arab leaders.
"We hope that our wills would converge to forge effective an-Arab positions to counter the current challenges facing our Arab Nation." "This Summit is being held amid extremely significant circumstances where our Arab Nation is going through hard times and is facing several increasing challenges and perils which mandate the activation of cooperation, understanding and coordination among Arab states to reach common visions and unified positions, particularly in the light of the increasing global fast-paced challenges, crises and perils, in order to strengthen our political will, unify our ranks in the face of the challenges and perils facing our Arab Nation as well as to safeguard its higher national interests."
"We have been extremely interested in invest our good relations with our brethren in all Arab countries in order to activate to efforts being made to clear the intra-Arab airs, be it through our hosting the extensive meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Abu Dhabi last February to consult about ways to promote intra-Arab reconciliation or through the shuttle tours of our Foreign Minister to most Arab capitals and the intensive contacts and consultations he made to try to converge perspectives and prepare common grounds for a solid foundation for common intra-Arab co-operation."
"Closely following the Palestinian reconciliation talks hosted by Egypt, we stress that there is no alternative to a Palestinian reconciliation which is imposed by the higher interests of the Palestinian people, in particular in the light of these hard times that the Palestinian cause is currently going through."
"We view the Palestinian unity as a historical responsibility which we hope it could realise its goal of re-uniting Palestinians and eventually result in a national reconciliatory government that addresses the whole world on behalf of all Palestinians under the leadership of the Palestinian National Authority, and stresses that the Palestinian Libration Organisation is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in its struggle to regain its inalienable rights to an independent state on its national soil with al-Quds al-Shareef as its capital."
"We are very confident that this summit augurs well for changing the Arab Nation's track to dignity and high standing as well as to regaining its rights, protecting its holy sites and higher national interests."