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Arab army chiefs conclude 2nd joint-Arab force meeting

Arab League secretary optimistic over talks held in this week's meeting, says consensus reached on all issues

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 May 2015
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Arab chiefs-of-staff in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Arab army chiefs-of-staff concluded on Sunday a two-day meeting in Cairo where they discussed a draft protocol for the formation of a joint-Arab force, as was decided during an Arab-League summit in March.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi declared in a statement at the meeting that a consensus had been reached between all participants on the issues concerning the joint force.

He said discussions included organisational and legal aspects of establishing the force as well as its objective, mechanisms of operation, funding and procedures to request its deployment, according to AFP.

Al-Arabi said the points agreed upon in the meeting reflect a significant step towards completing an Arab national security system to safeguard the region's stability, reported Al-Arham's Arabic news website.

The joint force was established to combat threats to the Arab region, particularly emanating from "terrorist organisations", as stipulated in the March summit's resolution.

Chiefs-of-staff and army officials from 20 Arab countries attended, while Algeria, who wasn't supportive of the force in the March summit, was represented by its Arab League delegate. Syria's seat remained empty, AFP said.

This is the second meeting between top Arab defence officials. The first meeting took place in April, also in Cairo.

Procedures for the force's creation should be concluded before June 29, Egypt's Chief-of-Staff Mahmoud Hegazy said in the first day of the meeting on Sunday.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi proposed the idea of a joint Arab force at the Arab Summit in March, stressing that Arab countries are facing unprecedented "threats to their stability and identity."

Days before the March summit and the joint-forces decision, several Arab countries joined a coalition led by Saudi Arabia who launched airstrikes against positions of Houthi forces who wrested power in Yemen in September 2014. The countries in the coalition include Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.

Al-Arabi explained that participation in the joint-force would be voluntary.

 

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Farhan
25-05-2015 07:38am
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These people can not even control their own weight, how are they going to control whole middle east ?
On the serious note, these people are just looking to suppress the voices of people in the name of security. Actually they only want security of those Arab oil Mafias and their puppets like Sisi. They have no good intentions for common Arab population.
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Bond,James
25-05-2015 06:09pm
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Jewish ignorance
According to the Bible, Jews are stupid, arrogant, and evil.
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Fehmeera
25-05-2015 06:50am
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Arabs chiefs?
Arabs rulers and arabs chiefs want a comfortable life and they are Enjoying them self not worry about muslim ummah 95% public rejected them already they are followers of disiers and they love matariel life and womanize no value
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Zomalo
25-05-2015 06:39am
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Who will run unity?
Unity is very important but all these chiefs are trained by usa and by Eu not by Arabs public and these chiefs idea dos not maching with real arabs those chiefs do not have any authorites with out permission of usa and Eu and other important issue they are not public representatives
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