CAIRO: Amr Moussa, the Egyptian former secretary general of the Arab League, withdrew from the International Forum for Peace held in France in protest of the Israeli faction politicizing the session, Moussa said in a statement Friday.
The forum, according to Moussa, was supposed to be devoted to discussing water resource management, but the Israeli side insisted on discussing matters regarding Israeli policy in the Middle East, he said.
The International Forum for Peace was launched in the aftermath of the 2000-2005 Second Palestinian Intifada by Palestinian Anis El-Qaq, and French-Israeli Ofer Brochtein, according to the forum’s official website. This year the forum is discussing cooperation between the Mediterranean Sea countries and European-Mediterranean partnerships.
Moussa said he would not attend the rest of the forum sessions except for the closing session, where he will comment on the work of the forum and its Mediterranean cooperation policy.
Moussa was the secretary general of the Arab League from 2001-2011 and previously served as Egyptian foreign minister from 1991-2001. He was also a member of the 50-member committee responsible for drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution in 2013.