CAIRO: Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will be again in the spotlight as it will host the 26th round of the Arab League Summit scheduled for March 28-29, days after the closing of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC.)
National security issues of Arab countries including rising threats from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the war in Syria, and the crises in Libya and Yemen, are expected to top the summit’s agenda.
During its meeting of Arab foreign ministers held in Cairo March 9, the Arab League (AL) issued a statement calling for “the creation of a regional and multinational force to face the growing threat of radical Islamist groups.”
Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, AL Secretary General Nabil el-Araby called for action to battle the spread of Islamic extremist groups.
“What is required now and urgently is to look into creating a…multi-national force that is able to look at what unites them in terms of responsibilities in the areas of quick intervention to fight terrorism, the activities of terrorist groups, helping in peacekeeping operations and securing humanitarian operations,” Araby was quoted by Youm7.
The call echoed that of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who has called for such a force to confront security threats following the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya’s eastern city of Derna last month.
This round of the Arab League summit will be the first to be held in Egypt after the January 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.