Arab Summit: Iraqi Prime Minister Underlines Importance of Joint Arab Action

Prime Minister Iraq Mohammed Shiaa Al Sudani stressed the importance of joint Arab action to contain differences, calling on the Arab League to develop its approaches towards building an economic bloc.

Addressing the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level, held in Jeddah, Al Sudani said that many countries have been able to build successful economic blocs and they do not have common elements among their members, unlike Arab countries which share language and culture.

In this respect, Al Sudani pointed that his country will be hosting several conferences to lay the foundation stone for such cooperation, such as the (Baghdad 2023) conference for economic integration and regional stability.

On the situation in Sudan and other Arab countries, he said that it is a must to spare Sudan from slipping into dissension and internal strife. He also welcomed the initiatives calling for an end to the fighting there, wishing success for the efforts to achieve stability in Libya.

The Iraqi Prime Minister expressed optimism about the continuation of attempts to achieve peace in Yemen, reiterating standing with Lebanon to overcome its political and economic conditions. He stressed Iraq's firm and principled position regarding the Palestinian right to land and sovereignty, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Al-Sudani pointed out that the issue of climate change and water scarcity requires joint action in the light of international laws and norms to find radical solutions that mitigate its negative effects. He also touched on the issue of drugs, and other similar attempts to influence cultural values saying that such a scourge requires a decisive position based on solidarity and cooperation to combat it.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Arab Summit: Oman’s Deputy PM for Relations : Absence of Just Solution to Palestinian Ordeal is the Cause of Tensions

Sultanate of Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for Relations and International Cooperation Affairs Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, the Personal representative of Sultan of Oman, said that the failure of the international community in finding a just and equitable settlement for the suffering of the Palestinian people is the source of the tensions that afflict the region and the world from time to time.

In his speech at the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level, Al Said stressed the need to apply the standards of international laws and resolutions of international legitimacy on the Palestinian issue, stressing that the Palestinian people have the right to establish their independent state on the boarders of June 4, 1967 in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

He highlighted that the Arab countries are able to step to broader horizons of prosperity and development, and advance their position among nations, considering that preserving the League of Arab States would enhance cooperation, integration, and exchange of benefits between Arab countries and the countries of the world.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Arab Summit: Djibouti President Says Unified Arab Positions is the Only Way to Tackle Current Challenges

President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti emphasized the importance of unified and coherent Arab positions, supported by new, serious, and effective strategies and mechanisms, as the only way to tackle the current challenges.

In his speech at the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level, held in Jeddah, he added that unified Arab positions will make it possible to meet the aspirations of the Arab peoples leading to unity and integration at all levels, and contribute to finding practical solutions to the conflicts that afflict some of Arab countries, for which innocent people pay the price.

On Yemen, President Guelleh said, "We renew our firm position in support of the Yemeni people and their legitimate leadership at all levels, and we express our optimism about the atmosphere of peace prevailing in the region given the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which revived hopes for reducing tension in Yemen and enhancing regional security and stability," praising the Saudi efforts to revive the political process and reach a comprehensive and sustainable political solution per the agreed terms of reference and under the supervision of the United Nations.

With the regard to the developments in Sudan, the Djiboutian President reiterated his keenness on the stability of Sudan and its territorial integrity, welcoming the local, regional, and international efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire and creating conditions for a comprehensive political dialogue.

President Guelleh reiterated his country's full support for the efforts being exerted to resolve the Libyan crisis through the Libyan-Libyan settlement On the developments in Somalia, the President of Djibouti praised the atmosphere of openness and political stability that Somalia has begun to initiate, noting the efforts made by the government of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud to improve the economic, social and security conditions. He stressed that Somalia still needs the support and assistance of its brothers in achieving the aspirations of its people for security, stability and development.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QNB Receives ‘Best CSR Bank in Qatar’ Award

Qatar National Bank (QNB) Group was announced as "the best bank in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Qatar" during the awards ceremony held at the conclusion of the "Qatar CSR Summit 2023".

The event was hosted recently by Qatar University under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This recognition reaffirms QNB's commitment to the highest ESG performance standards through the development of sustainable business and operating models and adoption of the best-related practices in line with our sustainability strategy.

The award also reflects the Bank's successful alignment between its CSR obligations and business profitability, in addition to its keenness to bolster the presence of its brand in all sustainability programs and initiatives in Qatar and across it international network towards a healthier and more prosperous future.

QNB is one of the leading financial institutions in the region recognized for its role in preserving the environment and supporting the global efforts in combating climate change through its services and products, encouraging customers to shift to paperless banking transactions, providing green loans, and promoting the use of online and mobile banking channels.

The Bank also incorporates the values and principles of sustainability in its daily operations by adopting sustainable business practices and offering comprehensive products and services that contribute to reducing the negative impact on the environment.

QNB is one of the main institutions supporting the State's efforts in this domain and is keen to sponsor all relevant national events, in addition to organizing initiatives and programs aimed at raising awareness among its customers and employees.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Arab Summit: Lebanon’s Caretaker PM Says Refugees Crisis is Greater Than Lebanon’s Capacity

Lebanese Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said that the return of the Syrians refugees to their lands can only be achieved with concerted Arab efforts and support from the international community, pointing out that the refugees crisis is greater than Lebanon's ability to bear.

In his speech which he delivered at the 32nd regular session of the Arab League Council at the summit level in Jeddah, Mikati said that the Lebanese crisis has become more complicated with the vacancy of the presidency of the republic, referring also to the issue of the Syrians refugees, and that the protracted duration of the crisis, the faltering of its treatment, and the large increase in the number of the refugees, made the crisis greater than Lebanons capacity, both in terms of its infrastructure and the and the social and political effects.

Mikati also touched on the current crises in the Arab world, (Palestine, Yemen and Sudan), focusing on the situation in Lebanon, which he said is experiencing multiple crises that have weighed heavily on the Lebanese people who suffer from lack of the basic moral and material necessities of life.

Source: Qatar News Agency