Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir emphasized the Saudi Arabia's keenness in unifying the Arab stance, making the performance of the Arab League (AL) more effective, and revamping Pan-Arab join action system, to cope with the developments of the political, social, and economic landscape in the Arab region.
This came during his speech at the opening of the 150th ordinary session of the Arab League, held at the ministerial level here on Tuesday. He also reaffirmed the Kingdom's exerted efforts to realize required reforms, which are aspired by all members of the league.
The Palestinian Cause is atop of all priorities and interests of the Kingdom, which endeavors to secure the Palestinian people exercise of its legitimate rights, based on the Arab Peace Initiative, international legitimacy resolutions calling for establishing its independent state on 1967 parallel, with East Jerusalem as its capital, he pointed out, reiterating absolute rejection of any measurement that may compromise the historical or legal status of Jerusalem.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman's gesture of calling the AL ordinary 29th summit as Jerusalem Summit translates what we harbor, in our chests, for the brethren Palestinian people, he said.
He also reaffirmed the vital role played by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), expressing the Kingdom's support to the agency.
On August 31, Washington cut all its funding for UNRWA as part of a broader policy by the US administration of limiting aid to Palestinian institutions.
The US had been UNRWA's most significant contributor by far, providing it with $350 million annually -- roughly one-quarter of the agency's overall budget.
Established in 1949, UNRWA provides critical aid to Palestinian refugees in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
Later this month, donor countries plan to meet in New York to discuss the cash-strapped agency's future.
Source: International Islamic News Agency
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