2nd ADD-UAE reiterates total rejection of regional interference in Arab states' internal affairs

CAIRO, 10th March 2016 (WAM)— >>> from 25th-26th January, he noted.

The UAE minister called upon Iran to respond positively to the UAE’s repeated sincere calls for a peaceful solution to the Iranian occupation of the three Emirati islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa by direct negotiations or by resorting to the international court of justice.

Highlighting the need for better pan-Arab joint action and new approaches to the current crises impacting pan-Arab security and largely the future of regional and international peace and security, Gargash said: “All of us should work together to overcome challenges to peace, security and stability and put forth an agenda for a new future based on development, prosperity and joint economic action. We should find a way out of our difficult issues to a wider space.”

He said, “The Palestinian issue and the Middle East peace process remain prioritised and essential issues on the agenda of all our bilateral, regional and international meetings. We believe that Israel’s continued occupation of the Palestinian territories and lack of a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue based on the creation of an independent Palestinian state based on the 4th June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative, is an essential cause of instability in the region.”

The Arab region, he noted, will not enjoy peace and stability as long as the Palestinian issue is not solved and as long as the Palestinian people suffer from Israel’s practices and violation of international law and norms and its continued settlement policy. “This is the cause of the faltering peace process and that is why we should work in a more effective and resilient manner on a number of other issues to achieve quick and satisfactory results that serve pan-Arab national security.”

Speaking on Syria, Gargash said the crisis and its consequences should be contained and appropriate solutions should be reached to spare the Syrian people more tragedies and suffering and to eliminate terrorist and extremist groups. “We should back the current Geneva talks based on the outcome of Geneva 1 and UN Security Resolution 2254 and the communiques of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in order to restore peace and stability to Syria and help in fulfilling the ambitions of the Syrian people.”

Minister Gargash stressed that a political solution in Syria based on a transitional government is the only solution to the bloody conflict. “Illusions of victory will undoubtedly perpetuate this horrible tragedy,” he said.

On Yemen, Gargash highlighted the importance of backing the constitutional legitimacy, respecting the country’s sovereignty and rejecting foreign interference in its internal affairs.

“We stress on the importance of a political solution in Yemen that should be based on clearly defined terms of reference which are legitimacy, the GCC Initiative for Yemen, the Riyadh Declaration and the resolutions of the Arab League and UN Security Council resolutions, namely UNSC Resolution 2216.

He highlighted the harsh humanitarian crisis in Yemen and stressed the importance of alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people by helping them to build state institutions to achieve peace and security to the country.

Speaking on the situation in Libya, Minister Gargash stressed the need for respecting the country’s sovereignty, unity, neutrality and political independence. He also stressed the need for commitment to comprehensive dialogue between political parties that reject violence and extremism and backing the Libyan National Reconciliation Government.

The UAE minister said, “We are following with concern the spreading of ISIL in Libya, which requires the doubling of efforts to defeat this group.”