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Doha Declaration of the Twenty-Fourth Arab League Summit

Published March 27, 2013

The Arab League met in Doha, Qatar for their twenty-fourth summit and released its statement on March 27, 2013, which was read by Deputy Arab-League Secretary-General Ahmed Bin Helli. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia provides a summary of the declaration in English; excerpt from the summary:

"The statement....also expressed full support for fair and legitimate rights of the Syrian people to restore full occupied Syrian Arab Golan to the line of June 1967, according to the international legitimacy resolutions in this regard....

The declaration condemned in the strongest terms the dangerous military escalation by the regime forces in Syria against the Syrian people, and the persistence of violence and mass murder by the regime against the civilian population in most Syrian territory.

It also strongly condemned the regime's use of heavy weapons, warplanes and scud missiles to bomb the crowded residential areas.

The declaration welcomed the takeover by the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to Syria's seat in the Arab League, its organizations, councils and organs.

It emphasized the importance of efforts being taken in order to reach a political solution as a priority for the Syrian crisis, while stressing on the right of each member state, in accordance with its wish, to provide all means of self-defense, including military support to back the steadfastness of the Syrian people and the free army.

The declaration also lauded the initiative of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to host International Donors' Conference for the Syrian people that was held on January 30, 2013.

It called for an international conference in the framework of the United Nations for Syria reconstruction, urging states and regional and international organizations to recognize the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people. It also called on all regional and international institutions to provide all forms of assistance and support to enable the Syrian people defend themselves and continue their struggle to establish justice and rule of law in their country.

The declaration urged the member countries to work on economic integration by establishing a free-trade zone across the Arab world.

It added that political, economic, social, financial and trade reform was necessary so that the Arab World can eventually create a joint Arab market.

The declaration also urged for serious work in order to develop the Arab League and the entire system undertaken for the joint Arab work. It said that the development was paramount in order for it to be able to face the challenges of the Arab world.

The declaration also expressed its keenness to enhance the status of women in society. It called for activating legislation that guarantee the rights of women in the Arab society.
The declaration, then, expressed the Arab leaders thanks to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for his wisdom in running the works of the 24th Arab summit in Doha and for his vision and efforts in the development of the Arab world."