Beirut - Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti, on Saturday, stressed the need to strengthen the “Arab House” and to support the Palestinian stance, calling for international action at all levels to achieve peace in Palestine.
In his address at the emergency meeting of the Arab Foreign Ministers devoted to discussing the American peace plan, or the so-called "deal of the century", at the headquarters of the Arab States League in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Minister Hitti said that "Lebanon is committed to the Arab peace initiative that emerged from the Arab Summit in Beirut in 2002, on the basis of a legal vision, be it the principles of international law or the relevant Security Council and United Nations resolutions; and also on a realistic vision based on a legal position that leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, alongside the Palestinians’ right to return to their homeland and reject resettlement.”
“In order for the settlement to be permanent it must be fair, and to be fair it must be comprehensive,” Hitti went on. “In the lessons of the past during the interim negotiations, we detected from the very beginning how Israel continuously attempted to empty these negotiations of their content and remove them from its path,” he said.
The Minister deemed in his word that “dropping the rules and principles of international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions, in order to address the settlement of international conflicts and disputes, would result in a system of international chaos, the price of which will be borne by all throughout the world, and in all kinds of existing conflicts and disputes.”
Hitti concluded by reiterating the need to fortify the Arab family, which denotes a “fortification of all our national houses,” and to provide all kinds of support for the Palestinian position, and to move internationally at all levels to work towards achieving peace according to international references and the Arab peace initiative.