Speech of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,
Amir of the State of Kuwait in the Closing Session of
the Third Arab-African Summit - Kuwait, 20 November 2013


In the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate


Your Highnesses and Excellencies,

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

By grace of Allah, we conclude the third session of the Arab African Summit, which was honorably hosted by the State of Kuwait.

It was a pleasure to have you with us for two days, where we discussed together the issues of the Arab and African Worlds, and exchanged views in this concern, in view of a deep realization of the nature of circumstances and conditions we face, and a determination to achieve the desired results.

Our meetings and the issues discussed reflect our realization of the size of challenges we are facing, and our wise visions of handling them and setting plans and strategies that achieve our aspirations.

Our meetings also witnessed consensus views concerning our agenda, which was brimful of issues that confront our Arab and African Worlds, and your generous participation and rich thoughts were a key element in the decisions we reached and documents we concluded.

Your speeches, which we listened to attentively along these two days, included wise visions and valuable suggestions that aim at enhancing our common Afro-Arab work.

The joint chairmanship and the General Secretariat of the Arab League and the African Union shall cooperatively follow up and facilitate the execution of such suggestion toward achieving our common objectives.

Our success to focus on economic aspects in our joint cooperation shall establish a set out for our future work; fruits of which we shall hopefully collect. We are therefore required to abide by this approach for reaching the aspired strategic partnership.

We are required to continue building upon the achievements we reached to add bricks to the lofty edifice of our cooperation toward planning our future work. We have a long way and a hard work ahead, requiring doubled efforts, and vigorous follow up, to match the high expectations and various challenges.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate my thanks for answering our invitation and your participation in these meetings. I also thank His Excellency Hailemerial Deslagen, Prime Minister of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Republic, Head of the African Union Summit for his participation in chairing the sessions of the Summit and His Excellency Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, the Secretary General of the Arab League, and Her Excellency Mrs. Dlamini Zuma- Chairperson of the African Union Commission, their assisting teams, all commissions and staff who worked for facilitating the meetings of the Summit, and the preparatory meetings that preceded it, the general secretariat of the Arab League, the secretariat of the African Union Commission, the translation team, all who participated in organizing this summit, and all civilian and military staff who worked hard for the safety of comfort of our honorable guests appreciating their efforts which lead to the success of this achievement.

Wishing you all success and safe return trip to your countries, and looking forward to meeting you in the fourth session of the Arab-African Summit,

Wasalamu Alikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

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