ARAB SUMMIT ON GAZA

Arab leaders pledged “all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza” but failed to set up a specific fund for the war-battered Palestinian territory, as they wound up a two-day summit. The leaders of the 23-member Arab League, meeting in Kuwait City,

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Arab leaders pledged “all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza” but failed to set up a specific fund for the war-battered Palestinian territory, as they wound up a two-day summit. The leaders of the 23-member Arab League, meeting in Kuwait City, approved a declaration calling for steps to accelerate the economic integration of their countries after struggling to reach consensus on Israel’s assault on Gaza. They vowed to “provide all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza. Arab leaders “welcome all contributions pledged so far by Arab countries,” the leaders said in a final statement read out by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa. Meanwhile, in an important development, Hamas welcomed the summit’s call for reconciliation talks among Palestinian factions on the basis of an initiative taken by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. “We welcome any Saudi invitation in this respect,” said Sami Abu-Zahri, spokesman of the movement.