|On Thursday Foreign Ministers of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt met to peacefully resolve and reach a unified stand over the prevailing security issues and regional conflicts of the Arab world. The meeting was held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center on the Dead Sea.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri of Egypt, Sabah Khaled Al Sabah of Kuwait, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia. The delegation arrived in Amman on Wednesday.
The ministers also met Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday, who urged “the importance of coordinating Arab positions on regional issues.”
The Jordon Times reported that the Jordanian king also empathised the need for ending the Israeli-Palestinian dispute through a peaceful initiative that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Unfortunately, the six-nation convention did not include any Palestinian representative.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the ministers “exchanged views on regional issues and ways of cooperation to overcome regional crises.” He said the meeting was “positive and productive.”
Former Jordanian Minister Asma Khader was hopeful that the meet would reach a unified stand on regional crisis. She told Arab News, “While the event was held on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea it would have been more productive if a Palestinian official was invited. Any meeting without Palestinians will not be able to confront the biggest regional challenge of the Palestinian cause. Ordinary Arabs are supportive of Iran and Turkey precisely because of their position on the Palestinian issue.”
The convention also discussed several other contentious issues – ranging from discussions over readmitting Syria to Arab League to dealing with increasing Iranian influence over Middle Eastern region.
Last year, the UAE and Saudi came to Jordon’s rescue and issued a bailout plan to relieve the nation from its economic strain, also putting end to mounting protests against planned taxes. The duo has also helped Bahrain and Egypt by building political, security and trade ties.