Arab army chiefs discuss joint forces in Cairo

Army chiefs of Arab countries gather in Cairo’s Arab League headquarters to discuss possibility of joint Arab military force

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Arab league chief Nabil Elaraby gathered Arab army chiefs today in the league’s headquarters to discuss the viability of having a permanent Arab joint force. Elaraby commented in his opening statement saying: “The joint force will never be used against any particular country, but will be a strategic tool used to deter any threat to the region.

”Qatari army chief general Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem joined the talks as well. Qatari ambassador in Cairo received the army general in the airport in line with Elaraby’s invitation to contribute in the joint forces.

Qatari Egyptian relations suffered a great deal of strain post what the Muslim Brotherhood call a military coup July 2013. Current Egyptian government announced the MB a “terrorist group” and consistently accused Qatar of supporting it.

Egypt is leading the talks since it is currently chairing the Arab League, succeeding Kuwait, in the latest Arab League meeting held in Sharm Al Sheikh, northern Egypt earlier this year. Morocco will chair the league after Egypt.

The talks come in response to the last Arab League meeting in Sharm Al Sheikh, in which a resolution was issued explaining the importance and mechanism of forming a joint army forces among Arab countries.

Egyptian army chief Mahmoud Hegazy said the joint forces will be “the sword and armor of the arab world” against any foreign threat and protecting all countries against terrorist attacks, according to Al Masry Al Youm newspaper.

Saudi Arabia formed an Arab military coalition March 25 when Yemeni president Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi called for help to “save Yemen” against Iran backed Houthi rebels.

The Saudi-led Arab military coalition wrapped up its operations in Yemen yesterday, the “Decisive Storm” ended after its embark last March.

TRTWorld and agencies