Syria’s Assad hails Arab Summit as ‘historic opportunity’ to address region’s crises

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Arab League summit was a “historic opportunity” to address crises across the region, during his speech at the bloc’s summit in Jeddah on Friday.

It is the first time al-Assad has addressed the bloc since Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 following his crackdown on the protests against him within Syria.

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The 32nd Arab League summit kicked off on Friday with Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane delivering the opening remarks before handing over the rotating presidency of the Arab League to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Benabderrahmane touched on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the recent conflict in Sudan saying the international community must put an end to the Israeli policy of settlement expansion.

He also called on all parties in Sudan to resort to dialogue to end the crisis and avoid further escalation in the conflict-ridden country.

After receiving the presidency of the League, the Crown Prince welcomed Syria’s return to the Arab League and voiced hope that its return paves way to ending the crisis in the country.

He also said that the Kingdom will not allow transforming the region into a zone for conflicts, adding that the Palestinian cause remains the Arab’s “pivotal cause.”

The Crown Prince also welcomed the agreement reached between Sudan’s warring parties last week and reiterated the need for dialogue to end the crisis.

“We hope the Jeddah Talks will help reach an efficient ceasefire in Sudan,” he added.

The Crown Prince also welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a guest at the Arab League and reiterated that the Kingdom is ready to mediate between Russia and Ukraine.

“It’s very important that the conflict in Ukraine is resolved peacefully,” he added.

With agencies

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