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Yemen, Syria support security, stability in Middle East

Yemen, Syria support security, stability in Middle East

[10/May/2008]

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SANA'A, May 10 (Saba) – The 8th round of the Yemeni-Syrian Higher Committee's meetings (YSHC) were launched on Saturday co-chaired by Prime Minister Ali Mujawar and his Syrian counterpart Mohammed Naji al-Otari.

During the Saturday meeting, Mujawar and al-Otari confirmed their countries' keenness to support security and stability in the Middle East region, pointing out the need to pursue dialogue as a mean of understanding and resolving regional conflicts and disputes in addition to achieving comprehensive peace based on the principle of the land for peace and the UN international resolutions.

Yemen and Syria stressed the unity of Iraq, rejecting any attempts to undermine its territorial unity.

For the latest developments taking place in Lebanon, Mujawar and al-Otari expressed concern about the political crisis in Lebanon, asking all Lebanese factions to resume the national dialogue and preserve their national unity, security and stability in addition to rejecting all foreign interference in the Arab affairs.

In his speech at the opening session of the meeting, Mujawar hailed the bilateral cooperation relations between Yemen and Syria, particularly in the current regional and international conditions that require necessarily intensifying the joint cooperation and coordination to promote the joint Arab action.

Mujawar noted that Yemen and Syria seek to achieve economic growth and development so that they can reduce unemployment and poverty ratio and overcome impediments of human development in the two countries.

Mujawar affirmed the need to establish a shipping sea route between Yemen, Syria and Jordan and also other Arab countries for expanding and developing the process of commercial exchange among the Arab countries.

Mujawar also called for the need to free the Middle East and the Gulf region of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction for bringing peace and security in the region, renewing Yemen's demand to the world to pressure on Israel to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and highlighting the importance of taking diplomatic option to deal with the Iranian nuclear crisis, where all countries have the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

For his part, al-Otari stressed in his speech that Syria still believes in the unity of Arab solidarity against challenges of the foreign policy of some western countries which seek to destabilize security and stability in the region.

Al-Otari called to the dialogue as a mean of resolving the regional conflicts and differences, reiterating Syria's keenness to achieve a comprehensive peace in the region based on the relevant international resolutions after Israel withdraws from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the occupied Lebanese territories based on the 1967 borders, in addition to ensuring the right of return for the Palestinian refugees and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

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