Arab Summit in Kuwait to discuss Gaza reconstruction

RIYADH: The Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit slated to open in Kuwait today underlines the need for balanced solutions to secure an enduring socioeconomic future for the Arab region. “Economic growth, social welfare and development are inextricably interdependent,” Mohammad Abdullah Abul Hasan, chairman of the Information Committee of Arab Summit and adviser at Diwan Al-Emiri in Kuwait, said here yesterday.

Abul Hasan said Arab leaders would discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip at the summit. “It is only logical and natural that Gaza will be at the heart of the Kuwait summit, despite the cease-fire,” said the Kuwaiti official, adding that the leaders would discuss how to unify the Arab position and intensify relief and reconstruction efforts.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah arrived in Kuwait City yesterday, leading the Saudi delegation to the summit.

“Given the prevalent challenges, particularly the aftermath of the global financial meltdown, the world food shortage and the Gaza crisis, Kuwait recognizes that any strategy for our future should adopt a balanced approach, where all socioeconomic forces work together to maintain a positive equilibrium,” said Abul Hasan.

The official added: “As a country that shares the aspirations of the Arab states, we’re honored to host the Arab summit.”

Citing the achievements by Kuwait since its founding in 1961, Abul Hasan said that “our progress has been dynamic and is the result of sound judgment and foresight of our leaders, and the shared vision of our people.” The country has been committed to balance its economic and social priorities, also in the context of the Arab world. Despite embracing economic liberalization, Kuwait has retained its distinct cultural heritage.

He said that Kuwait implemented timely anti-inflationary measures and it became the first Arab state to de-peg its currency from the dollar. It is moving toward a diversified economy, a fair social system and a strong Kuwait Fund exclusively for future generations.

The Arab Summit was mooted by Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Egypt.

Abul Hasan said: “Our growth today is microcosmic of the challenges and opportunities in the region. While leaders and key figures of Arab states deliberate over economic, social and development issues, the people of the Arab region are being engaged to voice their concerns, hopes and priorities.”

Dialogue — the Arab Summit Kuwait 2009 blog ( — solicits and illustrates the views of eminent public figures from the whole spectrum of business, media and scientific enterprises.

The YouTube channel ( enables the people of the Arab region to post videos stating what they aspire toward and questions what they would like to pose to Arab leaders at the summit.

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