Deputy Prime Minister highlights Arab Unity at the 27th Arab Summit

Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa is representing Bahrain at the 27th Arab Summit being held in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

The Deputy Prime Minister delivered HM the King’s keynote speech, in which he stressed that holding the Arab summit is evidence of a strong desire to promote joint Arab action and encourage cooperation. Arab countries are determined to overcome current challenges and risks, especially terrorism and criminal acts conducted by extremist groups under the banner of religious or sectarian slogans that incite violence.

The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that in order to eliminate terrorism we must deter outside interference in our countries’ internal affairs, especially by Iran, which trains and provides logistical support to terrorists, smuggles weapons and explosives, and stirs up provocative media. Bahrain categorically denounces interference in its internal affairs, and demands that Iran respect the principles of good neighborliness, international laws and the UN Charter, and to immediately cease all practices target destabilizing Arab national security and civil peace. A unified Arab stance is imperative to success.

The negotiations in Yemen, held under the patronage of the United Nations and HH the Emir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, provide a great opportunity for a comprehensive political settlement in conformity with UN Security Council Resolution 2216 for 2015, Gulf initiative and the outputs of the comprehensive national dialogue.

The Deputy Prime Minister also reiterated Bahrain’s supportive stances towards efforts to restore rights to Palestinian people through the Arab Peace Initiative leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and support for the people of Syria, Iraq, Libya and Lebanon.