JEDDAH, Saturday, July 16, 2022 (WAFA) – The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stressed today the need to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was a central cause for the Arab and Muslim peoples, adding that Israel has to stop its illegal practices and violations of international law.
Speaking to the US-Arab summit in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Saturday, Sheikh Tamim said the major sources of tension and instability in the region are here to stay unless Israel stops its practices and violations of international law, including building colonial settlements, changing the character of Jerusalem and the continued blockade of Gaza.
He stressed that the Arab countries have unanimously agreed on an Arab peace initiative, expressing their willingness to normalize relations with Israel if they agree to a peace settlement, based on the international legitimacy resolutions that require an Israeli withdrawal from all the lands it has occupied since 1967.
The Emir of Qatar added, "We look forward to an active U.S. role by calling for serious negotiations to settle the Palestinian issue."
The Jeddah summit discusses regional and international developments and aspects of expanding cooperation between the participating countries in the fields of economy, food security, energy and water.
The summit is attended by US President Joe Biden and the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.