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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Meets with Arab Leaders at Arab League Summit in Manama

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Manama, Bahrain – On the fringes of the Arab League summit in Manama on Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman engaged in a major diplomatic meeting with a number of Arab leaders. The summit gave regional leaders a forum to discuss urgent concerns and reaffirm their positions on the Palestine question, with the continuing Israel-Hamas conflict having a significant impact on it. The crown prince engaged in bilateral talks with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. These meetings underscored the collaborative efforts of Arab nations to present a unified front in response to the escalating violence in Gaza. In his address to the summit, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the Kingdom’s unwavering support for Palestine. “Saudi Arabia emphasizes the need for continued collaboration to confront the brutal aggression against Palestine,” he declared. The crown prince called upon the international community to take decisive action, urging nations to demand an immediate cessation of Israeli hostilities and to ensure the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip.
The summit in Manama comes at a critical juncture, with the Israel-Hamas war causing widespread destruction and significant loss of life. The conflict has drawn international condemnation and calls for restraint, with particular concern over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Saudi Arabia, a pivotal player in Middle Eastern politics, has been vocal in its condemnation of Israel’s actions and has sought to galvanize regional and global support for the Palestinian cause.
During the summit, the discussions between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other leaders focused on fostering greater unity among Arab nations and exploring avenues for diplomatic and humanitarian intervention. The meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was particularly noteworthy, as it emphasized the role of international organizations in mediating conflicts and providing aid to affected populations.
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah reiterated Kuwait’s solidarity with Palestine and expressed a commitment to working closely with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations to address the crisis. Similarly, Jordan’s King Abdullah emphasized the importance of maintaining a coordinated approach to support Palestinians and mitigate the humanitarian impact of the conflict.
Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, whose country has experienced its own prolonged conflict, expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people and called for a unified Arab response to Israel’s actions. The discussions also touched upon broader regional stability and the need for a comprehensive peace process that addresses the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The summit concluded with a joint statement from Arab leaders, reiterating their collective demand for an immediate end to Israeli aggression and the establishment of mechanisms to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. The leaders called upon the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and take concrete steps to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.
As the Israel-Hamas war continues to unfold, the Arab League summit in Manama has spotlighted the critical need for international collaboration and decisive action to address the conflict. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s meetings and his impassioned speech reflect Saudi Arabia’s proactive stance in seeking justice and support for Palestine, reinforcing the Kingdom’s role as a key advocate for peace and stability in the region. 
By Cora Sulleyman

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