CAIRO: The second and final day of the 26th Arab League summit kicked off Sunday morning, amid Saudi-lead airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen. A final statement detailing an Arab Joint Force in Yemen is expected this afternoon, followed by a news conference. Here are the live updates:
13:50- Araby: the duty of the joint force not yet determined yet; possibly deterrence, peacekeeping or humanitarian relief
13:40- Shokry: A four-month time frame for the formation of the joint arab force shows political will.
13:30- Araby reads out Iraqi reservations about joint force “due to the lack of preliminary dialogue about the initiative”
13:20- Araby: the countries’ participation in the joint force is optional but there is collective support; the chief of staff of Arab armies to meet within a month to discuss details of the joint Arab military force.
13:16- Araby: Operation Resolute Storm is a collective response to restore legitimacy.
13:15- Shokry: there is collective support for legitimacy in Yemen
13:14- Egyptian FM Sameh Shokry: there was a consensus iat the summit to support political solution to meet the Syrians’ will
13:00- Al-Araby: one of the important outcomes of the Arab Summit is the decision to form a joint Arab force; participation is optional.
12:00- Putin in letter read out at summit: combating terrorism must include a regional political solution.
11:55- Araby calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty
11: 50- Araby praises Arab solidarity in dealing with the current situation, says the nat’l security is faced with multiple threats, adds that “we call on international institutions to combat extremist thoughts through reforming false religious conceptions.”
11:45- Session starts, Nabil al-Araby addresses assembled nations.