Arab League calls on UN to mediate renewed peace talks and press Israel to end closure on Lebanon
Foreign ministers of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, where they agreed to call on the United Nations Security Council to oversee renewed talks between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
The proposal, set forth by Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, calls for UN Council members to convene in September to discuss UN mediation of Israeli-Arab peace-talks.
"We all agree that the peace process failed, and that we therefore need to get to the bottom of the matter with the mediation of the UN and the Security Council," Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa stated, according to Ynet.
"As a reminder, we have the Arab peace plan which was approved during the 2003 Arab Summit," Mousa added.
The ministers also agreed unanimously to call on the Security Council to press Israel to end its current aerial and naval closure on Lebanon. In addition, ministers agreed to support Lebanon and assist it in its rehabilitation process, as well as supervise the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 and any Israeli violations to it.
The meeting marked the third time the Arab League had convened since the beginning of the war in Lebanon.
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