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Qatar presses ahead with Gaza summit

Posted by Alessandro Accorsi su 16 gennaio, 2009

The National

Qatar has pressed ahead with a summit on Israel’s deadly offensive against Gaza over the objections of the Palestinian leadership and regional heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of the Islamist Hamas movement which controls Gaza, was in the Qatari capital Doha for the meeting as were other Israeli arch foes including Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Qatar failed to secure the necessary quorum to make the summit an official meeting of the Arab League.

Thirteen of the bloc’s 22 members announced their attendance, two short of the number required to convene a League meeting.

The official Qatar News Agency said that the leaders of Algeria, Comoros, Lebanon, Mauritania, Sudan and Syria were attending the summit while Djibouti, Iraq and Libya had sent senior officials.

Non-Arab Iran and Turkey were also taking part with Ankara sending an aide to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was set to stay away, Palestinian ambassador Munir Ghanem said.

“This meeting is the fruit of Qatari, Arab, Syrian and Islamic determination … in defiance of all the pressures exercised to prevent it,” said the Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Muallam, who was in Doha for the summit.

Qatar has been pressing for an emergency Arab summit on the Gaza crisis since soon after Israel launched its offensive on Dec 27.

But it has repeatedly run into opposition from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which have been strongly critical of Hamas ever since the movement seized control of Gaza from forces loyal to Mr Abbas in June 2007.

Arab League chief Amr Mussa acknowledged there was “chaos” in Arab ranks over the Gaza crisis as Arab foreign ministers gathered in Kuwait City for a separate, official meeting.

The “Arab situation is in a very big chaos,” Mr Mussa told reporters as he entered the talks, which began two hours late.

“It is regrettable and harmful.”

The ministers’ meeting was supposed to prepare for an Arab summit on Gaza due to convene alongside a long-scheduled economic summit in Kuwait City on Monday.

Ministers discussed “steps that should be taken after Israel rejected UN Security Council Resolution 1860,” that called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, delegates said.

But their talks were overshadowed by the summit in Doha which highlighted Arab divisions.

The Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called on fellow ministers meeting in Kuwait City to “look into the possibility of going back to the Security Council to try and issue another resolution to enforce a ceasefire.”

In a speech delivered during the closed-door session, Prince Saud also proposed the setting up of an Arab fund for the rebuilding of Gaza.

He called for no effort to be spared to stop the war on Gaza “because if it continues, it will have dangerous and far-reaching implications and consequences.”





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