Arab League: planned joint Arab force not military alliance

Arab leaders approved calls for establishing the force at last month's Arab League summit in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

Arab League: planned joint Arab force not military alliance

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi on Wednesday said that proposals for forming a joint Arab military force "should not be confused" with a military alliance.

"The joint force would only be tasked with fighting terrorism and preserving Arab peace and security," al-Arabi said at a meeting with Arab army chiefs-of-staff at the Arab League's Cairo headquarters.

Al-Arabi called on meeting participants to "establish the appropriate mechanisms" for implementing an Arab League resolution adopted last month that approved the establishment of a joint Arab force.

"We should effectively contribute to helping the [Arab] countries struggling to regain political control over their respective territories," al-Arabi said.

Egyptian army chief-of-staff Mahmoud Hegazi, whose country spearheaded calls for the joint Arab force, said the force was "not directed" at a particular entity.

"The proposed Arab force would be mandated with protecting Arab national security," Hegazi said.

"It is not directed at, nor is it a threat to, any particular entity," he added.

Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2015, 16:09
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