Doha Declaration issued

March 30, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and several other Arab leaders wrapped up the 21st Arab Summit in Doha today by releasing a final statement reiterating their commitment to regional solidarity.

 

The Doha Declaration, which was read by Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, stated, "We commit to Arab solidarity and adhere to the noble Arab values and traditions." Furthermore, it stressed the importance of "constructive dialogue" in the effort to enhance inter-Arab relations.

Touching on specific issues, the Declaration strongly condemned the "barbaric Israeli aggression" against the Palestinians, demanded an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and called for the prosecution of Israeli war crimes. It encouraged Palestinian national unity and called for a just and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace settlement.

The Declaration also rejected the International Criminal Court’s issuance of an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Basheer; reiterated the importance of respecting Iraq’s sovereignty; called on Iran to resolve its territorial dispute with the U.A.E.; denounced all forms of terrorism; demanded that the world community work to make the Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction; confirmed the right of Arab countries to possess peaceful nuclear technology; hailed Arab political and social reform efforts; called for an intensification of the dialogue between cultures; confirmed the intent to create an Arab Duty Free Zone; and demanded that the world community implement the millennium development goals.

The full text of the Doha Declaration can be read here.