Mubarak highlights need for continuing Arab reform
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/23/2005
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak underlined Tuesday the need to continue reforms and modernization in the Arab staters in accordance with the Tunis summit and the aspirations of the Arab peoples.
Addressing the first closed session of the 17th Arab summit, currently in session in the Algerian capital, Mubarak stressed that Arab reforms should cope with latest developments while maintaining the Arab identity.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) should be given the opportunity to contribute to joint Arab action through their constructive views, he said.
Earlier in March, Arab NGOs held their second meeting in a row at the Alexandria Library, Egypt, to give their views on reform issues, Mubarak added.
President Mubarak urged expediting steps to activate the Arab common market, the economic unity council and the economic and social council as prerequisites to enhance and modernize Arab economies.
In his word to the first closed session of the 17th Arab summit, the Egyptian leader said that the greater Arab free zone has been put into force early in 2005 and accordingly Arab countries should activate its role and activities.
He urged the Arab world to work out clear-cut bases for cooperation with the international community based on dialogue, respect and cultural diversity.
The Arab civilization has various contributions to promoting regional and international peace, security and stability, the President said.
Mubarak pressed for continued efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Positive developments have recently been witnessed on the Palestinian-Israeli track through pushing ahead with the stalled peace process, the President said.
He cited the understandings reached between the two sides at Sharm el-Sheikh summit in February and the success of the inter-Palestinian dialogue hosted by Cairo a few days ago.
Mubarak also called for mobilizing political, economic and financial support for the Palestinian Authority and people to back their just cause, continue to enhance the peace process, implements the roadmap peace plan and set up an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital.
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