x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE abandons proposal for conflict resolution committee

The UAE abandoned a proposal to set up a conflict resolution committee between Muslim nations to avoid distracting from the central issue of a conference, which is protecting Jerusalem from Israeli aggression

ABU DHABI // The UAE haa abandoned a proposal to set up a conflict resolution committee between Muslim nations, officials said yesterday.

"The goal [of withdrawing it] is to retain the unity of Muslim nations," said Rashid al Marar, a member of the Federal National Council (FNC) and part of the UAE delegation to a summit of Muslim parliaments in the capital.

The UAE had pursued the creation of a committee that would examine more than 240 disputes between Muslim nations for nearly a year. It first floated the proposal at a parliamentary summit in Kempala.

Iran threatened to boycott today's meeting earlier this week, saying the committee would exacerbate tensions between Muslim countries and would be used to highlight the occupation of the islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

The UAE said the committee was not created for the islands and its decisions would, at any rate, be non-binding.

Mr al Marar said the UAE abandoned the proposal in order to maintain Muslim unity and to avoid distracting the conference from its central issue, which is protecting Jerusalem from Israeli aggression.

The proposal's withdrawal was met with praise by the Saudi Arabian, Syrian and Algerian delegates who commended the UAE for promoting unity in Muslim lines.

The Islamic Republic sent a 45-member delegation led by the speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, after he was told the UAE would withdraw the proposal.

Mr Larijani met Sheikh Saud al Qassimi, the Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, and Abdulaziz al Ghurair, the speaker of the FNC.

kshaheen@thenational.ae