Arab League Ukraine crisis group heads to Moscow, Warsaw to push diplomatic solution

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Apr 2022

The Arab League’s Ukrainian crisis liaison group will hold meetings with Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Moscow and Warsaw this week to seek a diplomatic solution to end the war.

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Minister of Foreign affairs Sameh Shoukry during the virtual meeting on Saturday 2 April, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign Ministry Twitter account.

The liaison group will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow and another meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Warsaw on Monday and Tuesday.

The group will seek during the meetings to contribute to a diplomatic solution for the crisis, according to a statement by the General Secretariat of Arab League said on Saturday.

The group, which includes representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan and the UAE (a current member of the United Nations Security Council), was formed out of the 157th session of the Council of the Arab League in March.

The group held a coordination meeting on Saturday ahead of the tour via video conference, which was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul-Gheit has expressed his deep concern over developments in Ukraine, including their serious military and humanitarian consequences.

In a UN Security Council session held on 23 March, Abul-Gheit urged world powers to reach a solution to the crisis in Ukraine that serves the interests of all sides.

He also said he hopes the current situation will not affect the role of the UN in tackling other issues and crises, especially in the Arab region.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict disrupted supply chains of wheat from the Black Sea ports to the Middle East and North Africa region, sending prices on the international markets soaring.

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