Emergency Meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers held in Cairo

July 15, 2014

An emergency meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League (AL) Council was held at the AL’s headquarters in Cairo today. Vice Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegation to the session, which was convened to discuss Israel’s aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the gathering, Prince Abdulaziz stated, “It is a shame on effective international powers due to their failure to protect the Palestinian people from Israeli bombings and ground operations launched by the occupation forces.” He asked, “Does the number of 172 martyrs and more than 1,000 injured persons as of today not wake up the conscience of the world?”

Prince Abdulaziz stressed the need for international powers and all peace-loving people to take serious action to end the aggression. In addition, he called for greater support for the suffering people of Gaza. “We, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are aware of the size of this tragedy in all its dimensions,” he said. “And in recognition of his responsibility towards our brothers in Palestine, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has directed to provide urgent assistance to the Palestinian Red Crescent with an amount of SR 200 million to provide humanitarian assistance, medical needs and food.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Arab Foreign Ministers announced their support for an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire. In a statement, they called on all concerned parties to agree to a truce in order to save innocent lives and create a climate necessary to sustain peace. The ministers also expressed support for Palestine’s request that its territories be put under international protection and demanded that Israel take full responsibility for the damage caused by its attacks in Gaza. The statement also announced the commissioning of the Arab Group in New York that will seek a Security Council resolution forcing Israel to cease its aggression in Gaza, in addition to the Arab Group in Geneva to lobby the High Commission for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to hold a special session on Israeli aggression in Gaza.

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