Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait's Prime Minister SheikhNasser
al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Saturday appealed to the international
community to help negotiate a ceasefire in Gaza.
The prime minister made the remarks at a social and economic forum ahead of
the first Arab Economic, Development and Social Summit due to be held here on
The Palestinians should be given the right to form an independent state
with Jerusalem as its capital, Sheikh Nasser said.
He, meanwhile, noted the upcoming summit would focus on key issues on the
current economic challenges in the Arab region, triggered by a global recession,
stressing the importance of encouraging private sector to enhance the economies
of Arab countries.
According to the Kuwaiti premier, greater cooperation, capacity building,
development and expansion of trade and investments between Arabs would be high
on the summit's agenda, apart from unemployment, youth issues, drugs and
Arab League General Secretary Amr Moussa, for his part, said the Arab
countries are facing problems in various fields currently, referring to the
Israeli aggression on Gaza and the global economic recession.
Arab countries must also consider social and economic options to liberate
Palestinian territories from its current occupation, Moussa said.
The AL chief underlined the importance of education "in bringing about a
change in the Arab societies and enable the youth to compete at international
A strong educational system is a requirement for economic development, he