Dr. Al-Sarhan: The Arab-Israeli Conflict is the Most Important Issue Facing the Middle East
Date: 2017-06-29

At the 6th World Peace Forum in Beijing, China, Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan, Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, stated that the Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the main problems facing the Middle East region and that there will be no full peace in the region without a comprehensive solution to this conflict. An example of tackling this problem was the 2002 Arab summit in Beirut, which won Arab support and aimed at the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories and recognized internationally on the 1967 borders, the return of refugees and withdrawal from the occupied Golan Heights in return for recognition and normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel.

Speaking at a panel discussion on peacemaking in the Middle East during the sixth session of the World Peace Forum, titled: "Meeting the Challenges of Global Security: Consolidating Efforts, Taking Responsibility, Achieving Reform" under the auspices of Tsinghua University and the People's Institute China's Foreign Affairs, Dr. Sarhan pointed to three major major problems facing the Middle East, the first of which is the Arab-Israeli conflict, stressing that the time has come to find a solution to this long-standing problem. He pointed out that 15 years after the launch of this comprehensive and fair initiative without any response from Israel, whether accepted or rejected, the international community is responsible for exerting more pressure on Israel to get it to sit on the table to discuss the initiative, because it represents the best way to solve this long conflict.

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