Foreign minister heads Islamic summit delegation [Archives:2006/969/Front Page]

August 3 2006

By:Yemen Times Staff
SANA'A, Aug. 2 ) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, is heading the Yemeni government delegation to the Islamic Emergency Summit in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The summit is being held in response to a call by Malaysian leader, Abdullah Badawi, to discuss the Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Palestine.

Prior to his departure for Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, Al-Qirbi noted, “The Islamic Emergency Summit is due to discuss mechanisms to unify the Islamic stance to confront the Israeli aggression and come out with fruitful decisions to enhance Islamic solidarity.”

According to the minister, the summit aims to unify efforts to defend the issues of Muslim nations exposed to fierce assault by Zionists, who well understand the limited abilities of Arabs.

Al-Qirbi indicated that he plans to call on Islamic nations to raise funds for sufferers in Lebanon and Palestine, as well as to pressure the international community to exert efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement and force Israel to abide by international conventions concerning the Arab-Zionist conflict.

He confirmed that summit participants will call for forming a committee of various Islamic nations to explain to the international community the sufferings of the Lebanese, the killing of innocent civilians and the destruction of infrastructure.

Al-Qirbi clarified that Yemen is ready to support any Islamic move aimed at reaching an immediate ceasefire agreement. He also affirmed that the Islamic world must shoulder the responsibility of defending their causes, as well as backing Lebanon and Palestine.