Arabs adopt 'balanced' stance toward Russian-Ukrainian crisis: Arab League official

MENA , Friday 25 Nov 2022

Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki said on Friday that the Arab world has adopted a “balanced” stance toward the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Arab League Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki.Photo: Al-Ahram
Arab League Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki.Photo: Al-Ahram


The AL stands at an equal distance from all parties, Zaki stressed in statements to Egypt’s MENA news agency on the sidelines of the seventh regional forum of foreign ministers of countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain.

The war has not affected relations between the Arab world and European countries, despite different opinions, Zaki said.

Asked about how some Arab countries voted for UN resolutions concerning the war, the AL official acknowledged that the Arab stance could very well be inclusive of bilateral positions, but that the AL decisions remain clear in this regard, he stressed.

Asked about the UfM forum, Zaki said it is a chance to reach common grounds regarding different crises.

He expressed his great appreciation for the role played by the UfM to boost cooperation among all Euro-Med countries.

The AL has repeatedly urged solving the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which started in February, via dialogue, and formed a liaison group tasked with following the crisis in March.

In April, the group held talks with Russia’s Lavrov in Moscow and Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba in Warsaw in an attempt to forge a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The group includes representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan and the UAE – a current member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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