CAIRO: Egypt called on chiefs of staff of Arab armies to “finalize measures” to form a joint Arab military force by June 29 instead of July 29 as scheduled, said Egypt’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy Saturday.
Speaking at the meeting of chiefs of staff of Arab armies held in Cairo May 21-23, Hegazy said “the Arab Summit, held in Sharm el-Sheikh in March, has set July 29 as a deadline for forming the force, but we have to finalize our work by June 29 and give the Arab leaders a chance of one-month period to examine outcomes that could be reached.”
During the meeting, Hegazy offered Egypt’s condolences to Saudi people and Saudi Monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz over the suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 21 people Friday.
On March 29, Arab leaders agreed in Sharm el-Sheikh Summit to form a joint Arab military force to “face the challenges and protect the Arab National Security,” according to the conclusion Statement of the Summit.
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. According to the conclusion Statement of the Summit, Arab leaders agreed to form the joint force to “face the challenges and protect the Arab National Security.”
The first meeting of the chiefs of staff was also held in Cairo on April 22 while the second was held in Saudi Arabia.
Additional reporting by Mustafa Anbar