Arab leaders wrap up Damascus summit

March 30th, 2008 - 7:47 pm ICT by admin  

Damascus, March 30 (Xinhua) The 20th Arab League (AL) summit in the Syrian capital wrapped up Sunday with a call to boost solidarity and unity among the Arab countries. The Damascus Declaration, read out by AL Secretary General Amr Moussa underlined the group’s commitment to protecting Arab security and overcoming inter-Arab differences through dialogue.

It expressed Arab resolve to stand together against political and economic pressures on a member country.

Moussa also announced that Qatar will the host the summit next year.

The two-day summit of the 22-nation Arab League, which started Saturday at the Ummayad Palace in the southern suburb of Damascus, brought together only 11 Arab leaders, including host President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Lebanon announced Tuesday it would not attend the summit and urged Arabs to tackle Lebanon’s months-long political deadlock.

Pro-Western Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan also decided to send only low-key delegations to the gathering in a snub to Damascus over its alleged role in blocking a Lebanese presidential election.

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