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Leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq stress importance of preserving Gulf security

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Sep 2019
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah II, and Iraqi President Barham Salih hold a tripartite summit in New York to discuss regional developments (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)
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The leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq stressed the importance of preserving Gulf security and ensuring free navigation in the region in response to recent attacks against Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah II, and Iraqi President Barham Salih held a tripartite summit in New York on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency.

The three leaders said that safeguarding Gulf security is integral to the national security of Arab countries, as well as affirming the importance of avoiding further escalations that would negatively affect stability in the region.

Tensions have been rising in the region following drone attacks on the facilities of Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco earlier this month. Iran has denied being behind the attack, which has been claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels. The attack sent oil prices soaring temporarily.

During their meeting, the leaders agreed on the importance of comprehensive political solutions to the crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen under security council resolutions while preserving the countries' unity, independence, and territorial integrity.

They also addressed the Palestinian issue, stressing on the necessity of restoring all legitimate rights to the Palestinian people through the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

They agreed that solving the crisis is the only way to achieve comprehensive and permanent peace in the region, stressing the importance of the international community moving to stop the building and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and all unilateral actions that aim to change the legal and historical status of Jerusalem.

The leaders affirmed the necessity of eliminating terrorist organisations, as well as combating the political, financial, and media support they receive.

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