The Arab summit for economic and social development takes place in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, in the midst of the absence of most Arab leaders, except the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
At the launch of the summit, Kuwait launched an initiative to establish a $ 200 million technology investment fund, which announced that it will contribute $ 50 million to the fund.
Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabah Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said in a keynote speech that the Emir of Kuwait had called for the establishment of the fund to support technological developments in the Arab world in order to reach a more prosperous future for the Arab peoples.
Qatar Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said that Qatar will contribute $ 50 million to the fund, according to the country's directives.
On the other hand, Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the opening session that Lebanon made every effort to remove the reasons that led to the vacancy of some of the seats at the summit, but the obstacles were stronger.
He stressed that reunification remains an urgent need, given the challenges that threaten the region, identity and belonging, which can only be achieved through consensus on central issues and national laws, which translates into the will of people who want prosperity and stability, custody of expression.
In his speech, Aoun did not forget the wars that have upset the region and its impact on the developing process that is gaining momentum, especially in some countries that suffer mainly from economic and social problems.
The Beirut Summit will not discuss the causes of war and conflict in the region, but will also address the devastating consequences of the war for the economy and growth in the Arab region.
A number of heads of state in recent days have apologized for not having presented themselves without clear explanations, recently the Tunisian and Somali presidents.
During the meeting, Syrian Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called for the return of the Syrian Republic to the League of Arab States.
Al – Attabah newspaper.
source: The Nile