We are committed to Arab solidarity, adhere to noble Arab values and traditions and emphasize the need to preserve the integrity of all Arab States, respect their sovereignty and their legitimate right to defend their national independence and their resources and capacities, have due regard for their political systems in accordance with their constitutions and laws, and ensure non-interference in their domestic affairs.
We emphasize the need to resolve Arab disputes through purposeful and constructive dialogue and the need for efforts to strengthen Arab relations, consolidate Arab ties and connections and safeguard the supreme interests of the Arab nation.
We call for the continuation of efforts aimed at developing and advancing the system of joint Arab action, implementing its mechanisms and furthering its performance, thus enabling us to create effective policies for the reconstruction of an integrated Arab society with the resources and capacities to match the new challenges of the forthcoming stage and keep pace with any regional and international developments that may occur.
We salute in admiration and esteem the Palestinian people in their heroic resistance in the face of the iniquitous Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip; affirm support their steadfastness and opposition to this incursion; vehemently condemn the savage Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip; call for a halt to the Israeli aggression, the establishment of a ceasefire, the lifting of the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip and the opening of all crossings; affirm that Israel, the occupying Power, is held legally and materially responsible for the war crimes that it perpetrated and for its violations of international law and international humanitarian law; and call on the international community to prosecute those responsible for such crimes and refer them to international courts.
We affirm our full support for the Arab efforts to end the division in the Palestinian national ranks and to strengthen national unity; call on all Palestinian factions to respond to these efforts in order to ensure achievement of the desired national reconciliation and secure the geographical and political unity of the Palestinian territories; and renew our support for the Palestinian National Authority and respect for the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian National Authority emanating from the Palestine Liberation Organization, including the elected Palestinian Legislative Council.
We call for a halt to unilateral Israeli policies and measures designed to impose a status quo, including the immediate cessation of all settlement activities and removal of the apartheid wall, for steps to ensure that the status of East Jerusalem remains intact and for preservation of the Islamic and Christian sites that it houses.
We affirm the unacceptability of the Israeli obstruction and procrastination in which successive Israeli Governments have persisted and similarly affirm the need to set a time frame for Israel’s fulfilment of its obligations vis-à-vis the peace process and to take clear and determined steps to carry out the commitments under the peace process on the basis of the terms of reference represented in relevant United Nations resolutions, the principle of land for peace and also the Arab Peace Initiative.
We affirm the need for a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the context of international legitimacy and also affirm that a just and comprehensive peace in the region is attainable only through an end to the Israeli occupation and withdrawal from all occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, including the occupied Syrian Arab Golan, to the line of 4 June 1967, as well as from the remaining occupied territories in south Lebanon, the Shab`a farmlands, the Kafr Shuba hills and the northern part of the village of Ghajar. We further affirm the need for an agreed and just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, the rejection of all forms of settlement and the establishment of an independent sovereign Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
We affirm our solidarity with the Sudan, our rejection of the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court concerning President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, our support for our sister the Sudan in countering all efforts to undermine its sovereignty, security, independence and territorial integrity, and our rejection of all measures that threaten the peace efforts made by the State of Qatar in the context of the Arab-African Ministerial Committee and in coordination with the Joint African Union-United Nations Chief Mediator for Darfur, efforts for which we affirm our support with a view to the establishment of peace in Darfur.
We commend the Arab summit conference for the steps taken in Iraq to achieve security, stability and national unity, reject sectarianism and stabilize the political process, with the participation of all components of Iraqi society.
We welcome the agreement concluded between our brothers in Somalia, the election of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed as President of the Republic of Somalia and the formation of a Somali Transitional Government and a Somali transitional parliament, and affirm the doubling of Arab efforts to provide all forms of support to the Republic of Somalia.
We affirm our non-recognition of the results of the referendum held in France on 29 March 2009 on incorporating the Comoros island of Mayotte and turning it into a French overseas territory and consider the measures taken by France pursuant to the results of this referendum to be unlawful and invalid, giving rise to no rights and establishing no obligations.
We express hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran will respond to the initiative of the United Arab Emirates and to Arab efforts to find a solution to the question of the islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa through serious and direct negotiations or through recourse to the International Court of Justice.
We reaffirm our condemnation of terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations, whatever its course, motives and justifications, and the need to address its root causes and eliminate the factors that feed it.
We call on the international community to empty the Middle East region of all weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons; take steps to establish a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East so as to promote international peace and security; compel Israel to sign the Treaty on the on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and subject all of Israel’s nuclear facilities and activities to the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
We affirm the legitimate right of Arab States to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful uses in all areas that serve its development programmes, support its economies and diversify their sources of energy.
We commend the ongoing efforts of the Arab States to expand the practices of rational management and apply the principles of transparency, responsibility, accountability and popular participation, and we affirm our determination to pursue political and social reforms in Arab societies in order to achieve social integration, national harmony and civil peace.
We call for the intensification of dialogue among cultures and peoples, for the establishment of a culture of openness and acceptance of others, and for support for the principles of fraternity, tolerance and respect for human values that emphasize human rights, promote human dignity and safeguard freedom.
We welcome the outcomes and resolutions of the Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit held in Kuwait on 19 and 20 January 2009 and affirm our resolve to follow up and implement its outcomes in the interests of joint Arab economic action and the development of Arab societies.
We affirm our continuing endeavour to establish a customs union in order to pave the way for an Arab common market, ensure shared Arab economic interests and safeguard the Arab gains made at the social and economic levels so as to strengthen Arab economies, help in alleviating the adverse affects of the global economic crisis, develop partnership, increase mutual investment and establish joint productive projects.
We call on the international community to work at doubling efforts and strengthening close cooperation among its States, to participate actively in the global efforts aimed at implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the eradication of hunger and poverty, and to increase financial support for the least developed countries in order to narrow the gap in the social and economic development levels of rich and poor countries.
We affirm the importance of a strong social upbringing for Arab children and the need to bring out their Arab identity through the development of a value system in which the Arab child is raised to be aware of his identity, instilling him with pride in his nationality, his Arabness, his Arab heritage and its splendours and contribution to the development of human society.
We call for the provision of opportunities for young people to participate effectively the life of society and engage in employment, and for fostering of the national sentiment in them and for strengthening of their belonging to Arab civilization and of their Arab identity.
We emphasize the need to devote particular attention to the Arabic language as a fount of knowledge and Arab culture, which encompasses heritage, culture and identity, and to cementing it and developing the curricula for teaching it in line with the rapid global developments in science and knowledge.
We extend sincere gratitude and tremendous appreciation to His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, for his judicious management of work of the summit and for his direction of its deliberations, and express our full confidence that his leadership will boost the success and development of joint Arab action and firmly establish Arab solidarity so as to benefit the Arab nation and its reform, given the wisdom, expertise and devotion to Arab solidarity for which he is known.
We also express our deep appreciation to the State of Qatar and its welcoming people for the warmth of their reception and their generous hospitality, as well as for the flawless organization of the meetings of the 21st ordinary session of the Council of the League of Arab States at summit level. We also greatly appreciate the intensive consultations conducted with Arab States to ensure the success of the summit and its convening in the best and smoothest of circumstances.
We express our sincere gratitude for the continuous efforts of Mr. Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, to promote joint Arab action.