Egypt's Sisi announces plans for unified regional force at Arab League Summit
A general views shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C-back) attending the Arab League summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on March 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced at the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh that member states have agreed in principle to form a joint military force to deal with security threats.
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby opened the session by stressing an "absolute need" to confront all threats to the national security of Arab states.
El-Araby called for unified "military, economic and societal" efforts in the face of these challenges.
"What brings Arab states together is larger than what draws them apart," he added.
He discussed threats and civil war conditions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
El-Araby said that the Arab intervention in Yemen would continue until Houthi rebel aggression stops.
Delegates from Iraq suggested changes to language in an expected final resolution on the Palestinian question.
The summit received a letter from Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The Saudi foreign minister criticised Russian intervention in Syria.
More to follow.