Arab FMs conclude first preparatory meeting with talks on Palestinian cause

09:22, March 26, 2010      

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Arab foreign ministers concluded Thursday the first preparatory session of the 22nd Arab Summit slated for Saturday and Sunday, laying out the draft resolution for the gathering of Arab leaders.

The ministers discussed a draft resolution to endorse a plan to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in light of the continued Israeli aggression.

Arab leaders at the upcoming Arab Summit will renew their commitment to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli told Xinhua.

"The Arab peace initiative is still there on the table and the leaders will renew their commitment to this plan, especially in light of the Israeli aggression, including settlement activities expansion or violation in al-Aqsa Mosque," Helli said following the first preparatory session of the foreign ministers.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told reporters that the ministers discussed a 500-million-U.S.dollar plan to salvage Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, noting that it will be presented to the Arab leaders in the summit.

The foreign ministers, who are currently meeting in the Libyan city of Sirte, put the finishing touches on the summit's agenda and topics with focus on efforts to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and the scared sites in Jerusalem and efforts to realize Middle East peace.

Source: Xinhua
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