Aboul Gheit to Asharq Al-Awsat: Gaza Overshadows Arab Summit, but Other Crises Discussed

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Aboul Gheit to Asharq Al-Awsat: Gaza Overshadows Arab Summit, but Other Crises Discussed

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit affirmed that while the Israeli attack on Gaza dominates discussions at the Arab Summit in Bahrain, the gathering would still address regional issues like the crises in Sudan, Yemen, and Libya, as well as water security and other shared Arab concerns.

“Undoubtedly, the Palestinian crisis and the Israeli attacks on Gaza overshadowed the summit discussions. From the preparatory meetings onward, there was a focus on resolutions concerning the difficult situation in Gaza,” Aboul Gheit told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“However, the agenda also covers a range of other important issues for the Arab world, including addressing crises in Sudan, Yemen, and Libya, as well as concerns about water and cybersecurity, among other political and developmental matters,” he added.

Aboul Gheit, discussing with Asharq Al-Awsat the Arab Summit in Bahrain, stated that recent efforts had shifted global opinion against the Israeli occupation, calling it a system of apartheid outdated for our times.

“I believe the compass of international public opinion has indeed shifted,” said the Arab League chief.

“Just last November, many European countries, as well as the United States, were giving Israel the green light to continue its massacre in Gaza,” he added.

“But today, everyone is talking about a ceasefire and even describing the occupation’s violations as nothing short of ethnic cleansing,” asserted Aboul Gheit.

He cautioned Israel against rash actions like invading Rafah or implementing displacement plans, warning of serious consequences for regional stability and its relationship with Egypt, rooted in a peace treaty.

“The plan to displace people is rejected by Palestinians, Arabs, and the world. Israel may have considered it at the start of the Gaza attack but was surprised by strong opposition, especially from Palestinians and Egyptians, who naturally align with Arab views,” said Aboul Gheit.

The Arab League chief urged Israel to be mindful of its relationship with the largest Arab country, emphasizing potential security repercussions.

“Israel needs to pay attention to the potential consequences of its reckless policies in risking its relationship with the largest Arab state. If this happens, it could have significant repercussions on Israel's overall security posture,” he said.

 

Regarding regional dynamics, Aboul Gheit addressed the Arab League’s stance on a joint Arab force for Gaza and commented on Arab relations with Türkiye and Iran, highlighting the League’s commitment to resolving crises and meeting Arab aspirations.



Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Tuesday messages of congratulations from Arab leaders on the success of this year’s Hajj.  

United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa sent King Salman separate cables of congratulations.  

They credited the success of the Hajj to the grace of God Almighty and the generous care of King Salman and his government and its institutions to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals in tranquility and safety.  

Sheikh Mishal praised the progress of the expansion work carried out at the Grand Mosque, and the introduction of smart services and technologies at all holy sites to meet the needs of pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj.  

He praised the significant role of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz for their tireless efforts and the coordination among all sectors concerned with Hajj affairs.  

He wished Saudi Arabia and its noble people further progress and prosperity under the wise and prudent leadership of King Salman.

Sheikh Mishal also sent a cable of congratulations to Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent cables of congratulations to King Salman.