U.S. calls summit declaration‘very positive’


The United States welcomed the endorsement by Arab leaders on Thursday of a 5-year-old peace initiative to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“That is something that we view as very positive,” said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack when asked about the outcome of the Arab summit and endorsement of the 2002 plan drawn up at a previous summit in Beirut.

“We encourage them, however, to use it as a point of active diplomacy and as a way of energizing the push for peace in the Middle East. Their efforts and those of others have an important role to play,” said McCormack.