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Arab economic summit: What they said in Sharm El-Sheikh

Ahram Online picks of quotes from the Arab Economic Summit

Salma El-Awardany, Wednesday 19 Jan 2011
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“I am here to call on this summit to form a clear common Arab vision to deal with similar world crisis, how to prevent the reoccurrence and try to mitigate the consequences.”

Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt

 

"The need to achieve economic development -which is a top priority for our peoples- in order to rise to the challenges of globalization and to face the global economic crisis raises the following question: Can any Arab country achieve comprehensive success single-handedly?

Mohamed VI, King of Morocco

 

“We have to exert more efforts to adapt out legislation and regulations to be more flexible and harmonized, to open the door for Arab capital flows, as we believe that inter-Arab investment is the best way to achieve Arab integration.”

Abdul Aziz Boutaflika, President of Algeria

 

“As Sudan is a country coming out of conflict, it is clear that it should get partial debt forgiveness – if not total debt relief – to support peace efforts and the reconstruction of the country.”

Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan

 

“I want to condemn the crime committed by terrorists against a church
in Alexandria, killing and injuring dozens of innocents in an attempt to spoil social cohesion.”

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber, Emir of Kuwait

 

“I am being cautious with the violence and the overall situation in Tunisia, and I urge Arab leaders to exert all efforts to restore peace and stability in the country.”

Helen Clark, UNDP administrator

 

“The revolution that happened in Tunisia is not far from the subject of this summit. The Arab soul is broken by poverty, unemployment and general recession...The political problems, the majority of which have not been fixed ... have driven the Arab citizen to a state of unprecedented anger and frustration.”

Amr Moussa, Arab League secretary general

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