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Arab League Summit 2013: The Doha Declaration

Declaration gives Arab states the right to arm Syrian rebels. Here are more details about the declaration

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- Expressed support to the invitation to a national dialogue made by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain in order to serve the higher interests of the Bahraini people.


- Welcomed the agreement signed between Djibouti and Eritrea on July 2010 under the guidance of the Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.


- Stressed that it was important that the international community coordinate its effort in combating terrorism and the importance of cultivating a dialogue between civilisations simultaneously with its efforts to crush terrorism.


- Condemned in the declaration the treatment of Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar, and called on the government there to intervene and end the tragedy the Rohingya were suffering .


- Reaffirmed full solidarity with Lebanon and the provision of support to its government to maintain Lebanon’s national unity, security and stability as well as its sovereignty over all its territory, underlining the need to strengthen the capacity of the Lebanese army and security forces.


- Condemned in the strongest terms the dangerous military escalation by the Syrian regime forces against the Syrians, and the persistence of violence and mass murder by the Syrian regime against the civilian population in most Syrian territory.


- Strongly condemned the Syrian regime’s use of heavy weapons, warplanes and Scud missiles to bomb crowded residential areas.


- Welcomed the takeover by the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to Syria’s seat in the Arab League, its organisations, councils and organs.


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


- Called for an international conference in the framework of the United Nations for Syria’s reconstruction, urging states and regional and international organisations to recognise the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people.