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King at Arab Islamic summit on Gaza warns region will spiral into major conflict if war does not stop

His Majesty: Jordan will continue its duties in dispatching humanitarian aid to Palestinians

By JT - Nov 12,2023 - Last updated at Nov 12,2023

His Majesty King Abdullah addresses on Saturday the joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit on Gaza, hosted by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

RIYADH — His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday warned that the region will spiral into a major conflict whose price innocent people from both sides will pay, and whose repercussions will affect the whole world if the ugly war on Gaza does not stop.

In an address to the joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit on Gaza, hosted by the Saudi Arabia in Riyadh and attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the King said Jordan will continue to undertake its duty in dispatching humanitarian aid to the Palestinians through any means available.

His Majesty called for building on the United Nations General Assembly’s decision on Gaza, which was the result of joint Arab action, to be the first step to work collectively to build a political alliance to first stop the war and the displacement immediately, and to launch a serious peace process in the Middle East, without allowing its hindrance under any circumstances.

Following is the full text of His Majesty’s speech:

 

“In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,

 Prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad,

 Your Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,

 Your Highnesses, Excellencies, distinguished guests,

 Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

 

I would like to thank my brother, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for hosting this Arab-Islamic summit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We convene today for Gaza and its people, as they continue to face death and destruction in an ugly war that must stop immediately, or our region will spiral into a major conflict whose price innocent people from both sides will pay, and whose repercussions will affect the whole world. 

This injustice did not begin a month ago. It is a continuation of over seven decades dominated by a fortress mentality of separation walls and violations against holy sites and rights, the majority of whose victims are innocent civilians. 

It is the same mentality that seeks to turn Gaza into an unliveable place. It targets mosques, churches, and hospitals; it kills doctors, paramedics, and relief workers; even children, the elderly, and women.

And I ask today, did the world have to wait for this painful humanitarian tragedy and the terrible destruction to unfold in order to realise that just peace, which fulfils the legitimate rights of the Palestinians on the basis of the two-state solution, is the only way to reach stability and end the killing and violence which have continued for decades?

 

My brothers,

 

The injustice inflected on our Palestinian brothers and sisters reflects the international community’s failure to grant them justice and guarantee their rights to dignity, self-determination, and the establishment of their independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We cannot be silent over the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip, which suffocates life and prevents the delivery of medicines. Humanitarian corridors must be kept safe and sustainable. And banning the delivery of food, medicine, water, and electricity to Gazans is not acceptable. It is a war crime that the world must condemn.

Jordan will continue to undertake its duty in dispatching humanitarian aid to the Palestinians through any means available.

 

My brothers,

 

The United Nations General Assembly’s decision on Gaza was a victory for humanitarian values and for the right to life and peace. It was a worldwide rejection of the war, and a result of joint Arab action.

This decision must be our first step to work collectively to build a political alliance to first stop the war and the displacement immediately, and to launch a serious peace process in the Middle East, without allowing its hindrance under any circumstances. The alternative would be further extremism, hatred, and tragedies.

The values of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and our shared humanity do not accept the killing of civilians nor the brutality that has been evident to the entire world over the past weeks of killing and destruction. We cannot allow for our just and legitimate cause to be turned into a source of fomenting conflict between religions.

And we say to the entire world and to all believers in peace and human dignity — regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or language — that the world will pay the price of failure to resolve the Palestinian issue and address the root causes of the problem.

Thank you all, and peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.”

The Jordanian delegation to the summit included Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Permanent Representative at the Arab League Amjad Adaileh.

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