MUSCAT: (30/12/2008): The call by HH the Emir of Qatar, SH Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani to hold an urgent Arab summit aims to take a joint stance over the Israeli massacre in Gaza strip, stressed Qatar’s premier and foreign minister, SH Hamad Ben Jabor al-Thani. In a press statement late Saturday that the United Nations Security Council will discuss the situation in Gaza upon the request of Libya.
The Emir’s call for an emergency Arab Summit came as the 29th annual summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) wrapped up in the Omani capital of Muscat late Tuesday, condemned the Israeli military operation on Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, expressing "deep concern and great dismay" of the Israeli "brutal aggression" against the Palestinian people and the large numbers of deaths, injuries and destruction of property.
They also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to take immediate action to stop the Israeli attacks and to protect the Palestinian people.
The summit meanwhile approved the monetary union accord. The leaders agreed to set up a monetary council, which will evolve into the Gulf central bank…
The foreign ministers from 22-member Arab League are due to meet in Cairo on Wednesday in an emergency session to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza and to decide about the extraordinary Arab summit which has been proposed on Friday.