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Hariri at the Makkah Summit: Arab solidarity is the path to reach stability

The Arab Extraordinary Summit started at 1:00 am in Makkah in al-Safa Palace under the chairmanship of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The summit discusses the developments in the Arab region. The Lebanese delegation is headed by the President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri and includes Ministers Jamal Jarrah and Wael Abu Faour, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Hani Shmaitli and Lebanon's permanent representative to the Arab League ambassador Ali Halabi.

Hariri arrived to al-Safa Palace after midnight where he was received by King Salman bin Abdulaziz. After the commemorative picture, the summit started and the heads of states and delegations delivered speeches. The summit ended around 2:30 am and the Saudi King held a Suhour in honor of the delegations.

This is the speech pronounced by Premier Hariri at dawn:

President of the Summit, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz,

Majesties, Excellencies, distinguished guests,

Peace and the blessings of God be upon you,

First, I would like to convey to you the greetings of His Excellency President Michel Aoun, and the wishes of the Lebanese people for the success of the Summit, which is taking place while of challenges are facing Arab countries and societies.

We do not need much effort to describe the tragic reality of some brotherly states, a reality that arises mainly from external interference in their internal affairs and has security, social and economic effects on the surrounding countries, including Lebanon, which paid in the past decades a heavy price for the Israeli attacks and the wars of others on its land.

Lebanon is also paying a very high price for hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian brothers that escaped the ongoing fire in Syria. It is an occasion to confirm, in light of media and intelligence reports, Lebanon's refusal of all settlement projects, and the commitment of the Lebanese to the Constitution and the National Accord. The Lebanese appeal to their Arab brothers to protect the Lebanese formula from the region's storms and ask them to help them find an urgent solution to the Syrian displacement tragedy and block the continuous attempts to infiltrate the Arab societies. I also emphasize our support for the Palestinian people in their struggle to achieve their rights and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Lebanon came out of its ordeal when the Arab brothers joined efforts to help and support it by achieving the Taef Accord in this blessed country.

We strongly condemn the attacks on the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and call for the widest Arab solidarity in confronting them.

Arab solidarity remains the strongest weapon in the hands of Arabs and the countries reunited here today on the protection of the Arab identity.

We in Lebanon look forward to this solidarity and bet on it to activate the Arab joint action and find in it a path to reach the stability required on all levels, and to curb any irresponsible escalation in the region and any violation of the requirements of neighborhood and dialogue.

Lebanon is an integral part of this nation and a founding member of the Arab League. It will not renounce this affiliation under any circumstances and will remain loyal to the loyalty of its brothers and to the development of its relations with them.

The meeting in Makkah is a meeting on unity, faith and wisdom, a meeting on the good among all Muslims to face all kinds of discord. We are in the purest land, and ask God Almighty to unite the Arabs, protect their lands and help them address their issues with wisdom, patience and consultation.

We thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people for their hospitality and we thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the land of the Two Holy Mosques.

Source: National News Agency

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