FILE- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit FILE- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit

Arab League chief urges closer coordination with Africa to counter challenges

Sun, Feb. 10, 2019
ADDIS ABABA, Feb 10 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit has called for closer coordination with Africa to face common challenges.

Addressing the 32nd African Union (AU) Summit, now in session in Addis Ababa, Abul Gheit talked about aggravating armed conflicts that led to wide-scale humanitarian crises.

This resulted in an unprecedented flow of refugees and immigrants in a way that harmed societal peace, security and stability, he added.

He also urged support for Libya to help stop illegal immigration from its lands and encourage political dialogue between the different parties there.

It is important to end the transitional period in Libya through successful constitution and elections, Abul Gheit stressed.

The AL chief also pressed for intensified action to support the federal government in Somalia to implement its development and security plan.

Cooperation with the AU is also needed to support stability in the Comoros and South Sudan, Abul Gheit told the gathering.

The Arab League stands by Sahel countries in their fight against Boko Haram terrorist group.

Abul Gheit was pleased with what he called "positive developments" and "historic reconciliations" in the Horn of Africa region, which shares geographical borders with some Arab countries.

He greatly appreciated the AU's support for the Palestinian cause at all international gatherings and forums, and its stance against unilateral steps that violate international legitimacy resolutions in this regard.

The AL remains committed to continued cooperation with the AU under the new presidency of Egypt, Abul Gheit said, believing Sisi has a lot to offer to Africa and the AU.

"We'll be there next year to congratulate him (Sisi) on his success," the AL chief said.
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