kingdom of Saudi arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communication and Media Center Statements and Data Kingdom's Speeches in International Forums Arab League The Minister of Foreign Affairs Speech During The 141st Session of The Council of the Arab League The Minister of Foreign Affairs Speech During The 141st Session of The Council of the Arab League Last updated: 4/14/2016 1:21 PM Page Image Image Caption Page ContentIn The Name of Allah , Most Gracious, Most Merciful Your Excellency, Foreign Minister Salah Al-Din Mezwar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Morocco, May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you 'First of all, I thank Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulaziz for his efforts during his chairmanship of the previous session of the Arab League Council.I welcome Moroccan Foreign Minister Salah Al-Din Mezwar, chairman of the current session of the council, wishing him all success.I also congratulate Lebanon for forming a new government, and welcoming Lebanese Foreign Minister Jobran Bassil,' Prince Saud said.Ladies and Gentlemen,We have, before us today in this ordinary session, a number of issues that we need to address in order to come up with a joint stance. Coming first on our priority list is the issue of improving the performance of the Arab League, an issue that has preoccupied us for so long and which we hope to finish as soon as possible in order for us to achieve the level of progress that such a crucial issue merits. Also, on our agenda today, we have the upcoming Arab Summit which will be held in Kuwait later this month for which we must make due preparations. In this regard, I would like to praise the efforts being exerted by the Secretariat-General including its close follow-up measures to ensure the implementation of the recommendations reached by the High-Profile Independent Committee on the Improvement of Joint Arab Cooperation. I do not forget to commend here the efforts made by Mr. Lakhdar Librahimi, the head of the committee.Ladies and Gentlemen,This meeting comes at a time when the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, which started in early July of 2013, are approaching their end. We fear that the fate of this new round of talks, sponsored by the U.S., will be similar to that of the previous ones despite the full Palestinian cooperation with the efforts made by the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry due to the fact that such efforts have always been met with Israeli intransigence and arrogance. In addition to Israel's falling behind on its commitments to the peace process requirements, Israel has set up obstacle after obstacle thus leading to slimmer chances of success for the current negotiations. Among such obstacles are the ongoing construction of illegal settlements, the insistence on the Jewish identity of Israel as well as its non-stop oppressive measures stripping the Palestinian People of their basic rights.With regards to this issue, the Saudi stance is the same as the Arab one which stresses the fact that any outcome of the peace process negotiation must achieve fair and comprehensive peace for the Palestinians i.e. the restoration of their full rights in accordance with UN resolutions including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital. The Saudi position also utterly rejects Israel's plans to judaize Al-Quds as well as its grave practices against the Al Aqsa Mosque and its vicinity. Therefore, we call upon the international community to put an end to such practices that are detrimental to stability and peace.This current session of our meeting is held after Geneva 2 Conference failed to reach a political solution for the Syrian crisis after three years of killing the Syrian people and comprehensive destruction of all parts in Syria which gradually transforms into an open field for all forms of killing and destruction on the hands of the Syrian regime with assistance of external parties representing in Russia which supported the regime with arms in addition to the active participation of the forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon as well as terrorist groups in facing the Syria legitimate resistance.The Syrian coalition heads to Geneva after international appeals and its desire to put an end to this human and painful tragedy. During the Geneva Conference, the delegation of the Syrian Coalition disclosed its vision about the new Syria with justice and equality for all components of the Syrian people in accordance with the contents of the document adopted by the coalition in the Cairo meeting on the basis of the items contained in the Declaration of the Geneva 1 Conference, but the Coalition's vision is refused by the representatives of the Syrian regime which does not show any seriousness in dealing with Geneva 1 Conference's decisions and the items included in the invitation of the Secretary General of the United Nations. The Syrian regime's position is clear indication that the aim of the regime's participation in Geneva is just to waste time.The solution of the Syrian crisis is to change the balance of power on the ground and provide all support for the Syrian Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, asking to hand over Syria's seat in the Arab League during this session to the Syrian National Coalition based on the decision of the Ministerial Council and implementation of Arab League Council's decision at the 24th Summit in Doha.Taking such a decision will send a strong message to the international community for changing its dealing with the Syrian crisis.Some Arab countries are experiencing steps towards political stability, and we hope that they will succeed in reaching the aspirations of their peoples. As we meet today in this country, the Arab Republic of Egypt, I reiterate the Kingdom's firm stance supporting its brothers in Egypt and congratulate them on the result of the referendum on the constitution, which embodied the cohesion and unity of the Egyptian people, expressed their free will and underscored the seriousness of the Egyptian government in implementing the road map. I also congratulate the brothers in the Republic of Tunisia on the completion of the Tunisian Constitution. I am also pleased to congratulate our brothers in Yemen on the success of the national dialogue conference, wishing Yemen all security, stability and prosperity in light of its national and territorial unity and sovereignty. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks forward to making a success of efforts that aim to achieve security and stability in Libya. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also welcomes the positive developments in Somalia, which we hope that they would have a constructive effect on the future of Somalia.The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemns all acts of terrorism taking place in a number of Arab countries, including the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Yemen, and other brotherly and friendly countries in the world. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to address this serious scourge. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed this by issuing laws and legislations that criminalize terrorism and organizations that support it. At the same time, we stress the importance of full cooperation among Arab countries to combat this scourge and dry-up its sources.