Jordan's king calls for stronger Arab solidarity

Other News Materials 8 February 2009 23:56 (UTC +04:00)

Jordan's King Abdullah II called Sunday for stronger Arab unity in face of regional challenges after Israeli intensive offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, according to the Royal Hashemite Court.

King Abdullah made the call in a meeting with visiting Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, the court said in a statement.
During the meeting, the king called on Arab states to put an end to internal differences, saying that the rifts pose an obstacle to reaching an effective Arab stand in face of political, security and economic challenges, Xinhua reported, referring to the court statement.

According to the statement, Abdullah also stressed that it is important for Arab states to push for more progress on the basis of the favorable atmosphere, which prevailed at the Kuwait Arab economic summit last month.

It is also crucial to exert every possible effort to achieve Palestinian reconciliation and unite Palestinian stance, especially at this time that should see intensive Arab and international efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, the king added.
Moussa, for his part, briefed the king on his current tour of several Arab states, which aims at healing the splits among Arabs exposed after the 22-day Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Moussa has visited Yemen as the first leg of the tour, which is expected to take him later to Qatar and Saudi Arabia after a stop in Jordan.