CAIRO, 10th December, 2016 (WAM)–xxxx. Justice. On Iraq, he said, “As we stand with the people of Iraq in its war against all forms of terrorism, we underscore the importance of the territorial unity of Iraq and its people, as well as respect to its sovereignty and Arab identity. We condemn all forms of terrorism and foreign interference being underwent by Iraq.”

He stressed the need to solve the problem of displaced people, whose numbers increase everyday. Al Jarwan said all should work to facilitate their return as soon as possible, while expressing hope that Iraq would restore its active role within the joint Arab action.

On the latest developments in Yemen, he said, “We back the legitimacy of the Yemeni people and their will against all those who aspire to tamper with the destiny of Yemen or impose foreign agendas on its proud Arab people. As we stand behind the Arab coalition in support of legitimacy in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, we express the hope that fruitful dialogue will eventually lead to security, peace and freedom for all the people of Yemen.”

The Speaker of the Arab Parliament stressed that the parliament backs the Libyan people in their endeavour for tolerance, reform, development and prosperity. He hoped that Libya would restore its position to contribute effectively to the progress of the Arab world through the joint Arab action.

Al Jarwan renewed his call to support the least developed Arab African countries such as Comoros, Djibouti, and Somalia, particularly in the areas of health, education and public services. He urged an emphasis on Arab identity cherished by those countries to protect them from ambitions of some other countries that seek to isolate them from their Arab affiliation.

He noted that the last session of the Arab Parliament in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, was the best proof of the extent of strength of the Arab-African relations, referring to the outputs of the joint Pan-African Parliament regarding the political, economic, social and strategic dimension of the African-Arab relations. He called for maintaining this convergence towards more joint action in the best interests of the African and Arab peoples.

Ambassador Ahmed bin Heli, Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, paid a tribute to Al Jarwan for managing the Arab parliament during his tenure amid critical changes and challenges.

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