States Pledge To Work To End Rifts
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[March 26, 2014]
By Sylvia Westall and Amena Bakr
KUWAIT (Reuters) — Arab leaders, at
loggerheads over numerous issues including Egypt and Syria, pledged at
the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday to work to end their
The 22 members of the Arab League also denounced killings of
civilians by the Syrian government.
"We pledge to work decisively to put a final end to divisions," read
their final statement, read out to media by Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry
undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah.
Three weeks ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, accusing it of failing to
abide by an accord not to interfere in fellow Arab states' internal
Officials have said the spat was over Qatar's support for Egypt's
Muslim Brotherhood, which was ejected from power by the military
last year after mass protests against the Islamist president,
Mohamed Mursi, and has now been outlawed.
Arab states have also been at odds over the civil war in Syria, with
some countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar supporting rebels
battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, while a minority
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"We condemn in the strongest terms the massacres and the mass
killing committed by the Syrian regime's forces against the unarmed
people," the final communique read.
"We call for a political solution to the Syrian crisis in accordance
with the Geneva One declaration."
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall and Amena Bakr in Kuwait and Rania El
Gamal in Dubai; writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Kevin Liffey)
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