On 10 March 2014 in at the League of Arab States Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations and Vice-Chair of the Committee, attended the Joint Meeting of the League of Arab States and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
The CEIRPP delegation to the meeting included H.E. Mr. Abdou Salam Diallo, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations and the Chairman of the Committee, H.E. Mr. Desra Percaya, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations and vice-chair of the committee, and H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations. The CEIRPP delegation also held bilateral meetings with the leadership of the League of Arab States, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.
In addition to other participants, representatives from the League of Arab States including its Secretary General, H.E. Dr. Nabil El Araby, and Assistant Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Sobeih also attended the joint League of Arab States – CEIRPP meeting. The 25 Member States of CEIRRP were in attendance with the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Malta, Maurtania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Tunisia, and Turkey among the countries represented at Ministerial and Ambassadorial level. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs, H.E. Mr. Samir Bakr Diab, represented the organization at the meeting.
The meeting involved a plenary session, during which participants discussed support of the Arab countries during the international year; renewing support of Arab states and the Committee for the successful conclusion of the permanent status negotiations in accordance with international law; buttressing international solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, and reinforcing the practical solidarity of the Arab states and of the Committee with the Palestinian people and the state of Palestine. Ambassador Diallo chaired the meeting, with Ambassador Tanin chairing the meeting’s conclusion. Closing the meeting, the President of the Committee and the Arab League delivered a joint press statement.
At the meeting’s close, participants adopted the Cairo Declaration in Solidarity with the Palestinian People. “We, members of the League of Arab States and the Members and Observers of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People…commemorate the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” participants declared. In the document, they reaffirmed their “unwavering solidarity” with the Palestinian people, noting the unprecedented challenges Palestinians face today and reiterating the longstanding call for a just, lasting and peaceful solution.