The Arab Economic Summit,
19-20 January 2009,
State of Kuwait

Speech of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Eesa Al-Khalifa
King of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Opening Session



In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful,,,



Your Highness President of the Conference ,,,

Your Majesties, Excellencies & Highnesses ,,,

Your Excellency Secretary General ,,,

Your Excellencies ,,,


Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh

Initially, I am please to extend to Your Highness plentiful of thanks, appreciation and gratitude for the great welcome and hospitality. We appreciate Your Highness's prompt efforts to make this important conference a success & realize the aspired outcomes for the welfare of our Arab Nation.

 

Brothers ,,,

Our meeting during these critical conditions that our Nation is witnessing oblige us to confront with strong will. I see no other way but that. The challenges that imposed itself on the Arab arena due to the aggressive invasion on Gaza Strip, without observing any international laws or moral or humanitarian values in an atrocious attack that this region and the world had never witnessed since long decades, resulted in innocent children, women and senescent victims .. It has also targeted the infrastructure of Gaza Strip aiming at a comprehensive change and creating different conditions that are definitely against the welfare of our Nation or the Palestinian question.

 

In brief, the Palestinian brothers should seek reconciliation, as there will be no peace and no Palestinian State except with a unified Palestinian line.

Therefore, the basic task before our summit is examining the Palestinian reconciliation and reconstructing Gaza after seize fire in accordance with the resolution issued by the Security Council and based on the wise Egyptian initiative, meanwhile, welcoming all efforts in this approach that pave the way for developing education, health in all its facets; prevention, services and medical care, and continuing in building infrastructure in the Strip that is inevitable for a correct launch in the future.

 

Brothers ,,,

We meet today in this important conference motivated by the desire & ambition to build a strong Arab Nation capable of confronting challenges and dangers through establishing firm economic relations that achieve economic integration within a framework of comprehensive economic vision capable of withstanding financial crisis that the global economy started to suffer its repercussions.

 

There is no doubt that the strong economic structure cannot be established without the existence of common effective Arab power that protects our interests, achievements, our Arab identity & heritage.

 

In order to realize that, we believe that the Arab decisions need to be taken in a wide participation, democratically and comprehensive from all aspects: political, economic, defensive & cultural where it should not be restricted to on aspect over the other in order to promote the Nation's realm, provide decent and safe life for its children, continue our endeavors towards peace and that our peaceful initiatives shall be our choice and unified position.

 

In conclusion, we are pleased to commend the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the brotherly State of Kuwait, the President of the Conference in administering the agenda of this conference. We also extend our gratitude to His Excellency the Secretary General and the officials at the Secretariat for all exerted efforts in preparing and organizing this conference. We pray to Allah to guide us for the welfare & righteousness.

 

Wa Assalmu Alaikom wa Rahmatu Alla wa Barakatoh ,,,

 

 

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