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Arab League secretary-general calls for joint Arab force

Egypt's president in February suggested forming a regional military force to 'fight terrorism'

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Mar 2015
 Nabil Elaraby
Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby attends the opening of an emergency meeting among Arab League foreign ministers to discuss Libya in Cairo in this March 12, 2011 file photo (Photo: Reuters)

Arab League secretary-general Nabil El-Araby on Monday called for establishing a joint Arab military force to "fight terrorism", as well as to "help in peace missions and civilian protection."

El-Araby said in his speech at the Arab foreign ministers' summit in Cairo that there was an essential need for such a joint military force considering the huge challenges facing Arab states, especially "terrorism." 

The secretary-general added that any political decision to deploy this force should be in accordance with the Arab League's charter and resolutions, the United Nations' charter and resolutions, and international law.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has repeatedly called for a joint Arab military force, as well as international support, to "fight terrorism" in the wake of the Islamic State militant group beheading of 20 Copts in Lybia last month. 

Last week, the Arab League announced that the Egyptian suggestion would be discussed during the Arab Summit later this month.  

Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Gouda recently expressed Jordan's support to the suggestion, also at the Arab foreign minister summit.

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