First draft of joint Arab army plans complete

Protocol drafted by army chiefs of Arab countries for joint-military force in Middle East

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A draft proposal has been prepared by the army officials of Arab countries to form a coalition that will intervene in hotspots in missions ranging from fighting against ISIS to targeting Iranian-backed groups.

According to the draft, membership in the force would be “voluntary.” The draft gives the details of where and how the force will be put into action.

The approval of three members will be enough for any intervention. The intervention can only be suggested by a member who is facing threats.

The joint force idea has already been implemented in Yemen under the name of the Arab Coalition.

The Saudi-led coalition has been launching air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. 

However, analysts say that any intervention in countries such as Libya will not be easy since different Arab countries support different governments in the North African nation. 

There are two governments in Libya now - the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) which is backed by Turkey and Qatar, and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) which is particularly backed by Egypt.

Egypt invited hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders to Cairo to talk about the security and territorial integrity of region and prevent any violence provoked by militants on the border between the two countries. 

After toppling Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya was thrown into chaos by militants who took advantage of a power vacuum created by two competing governments backed by different armed factions. 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on all Libyan tribal leaders to cooperate against the major security threat on the border and offer support to sustain stability in Libya.

Egypt says it wants the Tobruk government and tribal leaders to unite and lay down their arms, otherwise it may seek to carry out a Yemen-type intervention.

However, analysts say that most of the tribes in attendance in Cairo were known supporters of the Tobruk government, with supporters of its Tripoli-based rival not well represented.

TRTWorld and agencies