CAIRO: Chiefs of staff of Arab armies are scheduled to meet in Cairo Saturday to continue talks on forming joint Arab military force to fight the region’s growing extremist threat, Youm7 reported.
The 2-day meeting will take place in the headquarters of the Arab League (AL) and will be headed by Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy.
Military delegations of each Arab state has put together the final logistical arrangements for the meeting, Egypt’s permanent delegate to the Arab League Tarek Adel was quoted by Youm7.
“The meeting will tackle the operational procedures, budget and mechanisms of action required to create the force,” said Adel.
The meeting, which is the third of its kind, comes in the light of a recommendation by the AL summit held in Sharm el-Sheikh in March.
At the closing session of the summit, President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi announced that member states have agreed in principle to form a joint military force to deal with security threats. He added that membership in the force would be voluntary.
The first meeting of the chiefs of staff was also held in Cairo on April 22 while the second was held in Saudi Arabia.
The Arab States participating in the proposed joint force remain unknown; meanwhile Iraq has expressed reservations to the notion.