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

Speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
in the closing session of the Arab Economic, Developmental and Social Summit
Conference Summit of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Gaza
Kuwait 19-20 January 2009

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

Praise be to Allah for His generous Blessings and prayers and peace be upon His best messenger, our Prophet Mohammed his family and companions.

My brothers, Your Majesties, Excellencies and Highnesses,,,

Your Excellencies,,,

Dear Guests,,,

Kuwaiti People and I are pleased all along these two days with your presence among us as dear brothers in a fraternal gathering that our people shall always remember it with great appreciation and honor.


This blessed gathering allowed us to deeply examine the atrocious Israeli aggression that our struggling people in Gaza has faced and the crimes it has committed where forbiddances have been violated and no rules, laws, customs or international resolutions were considered. A crime, where the whole world united in condemning it, uncovering its savage nature, and placing its full responsibility on Israel. Arab leaders have attached utmost priority to this event and examining its repercussions and effects. Thanks to Allah, results which expressed the common visions of our countries towards it and our positive reaction with its development, have been reached.


This blessed meeting has also paved the way for a historical fraternal gathering for us that brought together the brothers, contributed in purifying the atmosphere where bond-thanks God- is back to the Arab line. We are looking forward to build up in the future on this blessed meeting.


Kuwait Summit is an onset of Arab economic, developmental and social summit, a solidarity summit with our brothers in Gaza and helping them to recover from the effect of the invasion and its repercussion, and a summit of regaining the Arab solidarity and reconciliation among members of the one Arab family and redirect it back to the right path in achieving further rapprochement between brothers, believing in the unity of destination and embodying the Arab consolidation spirit.


Supporting our people in Gaza and reconstructing that afflicted sector is an international collective responsibility. What we have agreed upon is considered a step towards eliminating the impacts of that aggression, an access to achieve peace and a support of the various objectives that aim at stabilizing ceasefire and ending the invasion, the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from the Strip, lifting the siege off Gaza and opening the crossings, and enhancing the efforts of the donors' countries in order to reconstruct what the Israeli military machine has demolished in Gaza.


The State of Kuwait is striving with full hope to the International meeting of the donors' countries next month which was called for in Sharm Elsheikh International Summit, for the reconstruction of Gaza where it will announce its contribution in this conference.


We pray to Allah to bestow His mercy upon the innocent souls of our Palestinian brothers whom fell as a result of that aggression, we anticipate the acceptance of Allah of their martyrdom and we wish the injured quick recovery and health.


Your Majesties, Excellencies and Highnesses ,,,

Projects that have been achieved and endorsed and resolutions that have been issued in this economic summit are considered a corner stone in the economic construction and the developmental landmark of our Arab Ummah, It represents a favorable opportunity for the private sector to contribute in implementing those projects and developmental programmes.


Nevertheless, no matter how ambitious these projects are and how realistic are the resolutions, our Arab people attach their success on how far the ability to translate them into a practical reality that achieves the aspired objectives behind it.


We are determined, If God’s will, and are required to follow-up those projects and resolutions with all the concerned institutions within a new mechanism to find its way towards actual implementation, and the Arab citizen reap its fruit.


It gives me great pleasure while concluding, to reiterate my gratitude to you my brothers Majesties, Excellencies and Highnesses for your effective participation and personal contributions in enriching the discussion.


Due to wisdom and good-offices, we managed with Almighty Allah's success to reach these blessed results.


I would also like to thank His Excellency Secretary General of the Arab League, brother Amr Mousa and the General Secretariat delegation of the Arab League for the lucid effort and the good preparation for this summit, and to all who contributed in making it a success.


We supplicate to the Creator the Almighty to correct our steps and guide us to the welfare and service of our Arab Ummah. May safety and care accompany you in stay and travel.



Wassalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh



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