The President Abdelaziz Boutaflika of Algeria underlined the necessity of restoring the occupied Arab lands in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
"The restoration of the occupied lands to Syria and Lebanon is a basic provision through which Arab countries can promote their current situation," President of Algiers said in a speech to the opening session of the 17th Arab Summit in Algiers.
"We again stress the Arab peace initiative which stipulates for the full Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab lands, the Land-for-Peace formula and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state we are here insisting the peace option as a strategy for all Arab states," He
called for lifting all multi-sided or bilateral sanctions imposed on some Arab countries. He
renewed the Arab countries' commitment to the Arab identity, civilization and common destiny, adding that if the "Greatest Middle East" means reforms, the Arabs had started to implement reforms, but if it was related to another strategy, the Arabs will remain adhered to the Arab identity.
President Boutaflika called for making the Middle East a region free from weapons of mass destruction and changing the Mediterranean basin into a lake for cooperation and peace. Boutaflika warmly welcomed the presence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that normalization with Israel is conditioned by the withdrawal of Israel from all the occupied Arab territories and its abiding by the "road map."
...Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflika and chairman of the current Arab summit session began the meetings by describing peace with Israel, based on an initiative expected to be endorsed in Algiers, as of "strategic" benefit for the Arab world.
"It is necessary to reaffirm strongly that peace [with Israel] is the strategic choice of all the Arab world," Boutaflika
told the opening session on Tuesday.