CAIRO, 10th December, 2016 (WAM)–The UAE will not spare any effort to provide support to the Arab Parliament, its members and the new speaker, to serve the interests of the Arab world, and support the joint Arab action, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, has said.

The Arab world is currently facing imminent dangers, threatening its national security and attempting to manipulate and control the Arab peoples’ destiny, Al Jarwan said, during the last session of the Arab Parliament, held on Saturday at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.

He added, “I am proud of our achievements, thanks to Allah, first, then my beloved state and, personally, as speaker of parliament, for harnessing all that helped my mission to overcome the difficulties.”

Al Jarwan also thanked H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his initiative to host the Arab Children’s Parliament. He stressed that the Arab cooperation and integration in confronting the challenges facing the Arab world “are the only way out of internal or external crises.”

“The voice of the Arab people, their conscience, common history, present solidarity, as well as common destiny and future, should be expressed in a strong joint Arab action towards all Arab issues,” he said.

Al Jarwan called upon the representatives of the Arab people to act with full force to support the joint Arab action, with a view to expand its domains to include all aspects to achieve the Arab peoples’ aspirations, welfare and interests.

On the developments of the Palestinian issue, Al Jarwan said it would remain a central Arab issue, calling on the international community and United Nations to enforce all the international resolutions regarding Palestine to establish Palestinian State whose capital will be Jerusalem. He also called for deterring the repressive policies of the racist Zionist bloc that are contrary to all international laws.

Al Jarwan urged all world parliaments to pressure Israel to acknowledge the Palestinian state, a move that would serve a durable peace in the region and world at large.

About Syria, he referred to the dire situation of the Syrian people in many cities inside Syria. He called for an immediate cessation of the continuing shelling, and urged the international community to heed voices of reason and end this impending tragedy.

Al Jarwan also called for international relief organisations to intervene to deliver aid to the Syrian people inside Syria and allow safe and unfettered access to those organisations to provide humanitarian services to the refugee camps in neighbouring countries, especially in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, particularly with the onset of winter.

He also reiterated the call for stakeholders to respond to the Arab parliament relief initiative to assist the Syrian refugees.

Al Jarwan called upon Iran to respect the principle of good neighbourliness and to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries, and stop policies aimed at spreading hateful sectarian discords across the Arab world.

He further reiterated his call to Iran to respond to the demand of the UAE to resolve the issue of the three occupied UAE islands: Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Mousa, either through direct negotiations or recourse to the international Court of Justice.