In his speech at the meeting, the Arab League Secretary General, Dr. Nabil Al Arabi, highlighted the need for a joint Arab Security Force, capable of carrying out several missions, including rapid counter-terrorism intervention, peace-keeping operations, protection of civilians and ensuring safe delivery of humanitarian relief.
“There is an urgent need for the creation of a multi-purpose common Arab military force... able to intervene rapidly to fight terrorism and the activities of terrorist groups,” Al Arabi told a meeting of league Foreign Ministers in Cairo.
The UAE delegation included Mohammed Bin Nakhira Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the AL, Ahmed Al Jarmen, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Dr Abdul Raheem Al Awadhi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, Dr Jassem Al Khaloufi, Director of Arab Affairs at the Foreign Ministry and Ali Al Shameeli, in-charge of the Arab League’s affairs at the UAE embassy in Cairo.
Meanwhile, in his first big televised speech since taking power on January 23, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said Wednesday the wave of extremism and terrorism plaguing the world is a “global scourge which has no religion.’
“The Kingdom has given attention to the fight against extremism and terrorism in all its images and forms, whatever the sources are,” he added.
Saudi Arabia, he said, has “focused on the fight against extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its sources, and on cooperation with brotherly and friendly countries and the international organizations in the fight against this detestable menace, and in seeking eradicating its roots and causes,” he added.