Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Other Issues
Yemen initiative gets Egypt praise
Yemen initiative gets Egypt praise
The Arab League summit in Libya has not been the nicest of places for member states, with disagreements abounding and little substance being created.
Share with Facebook Facebook Share with Digg Digg Add to Yahoo bookmars Yahoo
Share with Delicious Share with reddit reddit Add to StumbleUpon bookmarks StumbleUpon
Share with Mixx Mixx Add bookmark to Google Google Bookmark and Share
Monday, March 29,2010 18:54

Sunday, however witnessed the Egyptian government ascertaining that it would throw its weight behind a Yemen initiative to activate common Arab work via replacing the Arab League with an Arab Union.

The announcement of the initiative was made by Egyptian Prime Minister, head of the Egyptian delegation to the 22nd Arab summit being held in the Libyan Surt city, Ahmed Mohamed Nazif.

Nazif, on the summit’s sidelines, praised President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s speech at the first meeting of the two-day summit.

Though there were many initiatives for reforming the Arab League, the Yemeni initiative was the best, he added.

The summit comes amid heightened, and lethal, tensions over Israeli plans to continue building in East Jerusalem and access to sites there revered by Jews and Muslims alike, and follows clashes in the Gaza Strip Friday that saw Israeli tanks and heavy machine-gunners exchange fire with Palestinian militants.

Hisham Yussef, Arab League chief Amr Moussa’s chief of staff, on Saturday told reporters in the coastal Libyan town of Sirte that the status of East Jerusalem would be a focus of the talks.Israel annexed East Jerusalem after the 1967 Middle East war, and regards it as an integral part of the Israeli capital. The Palestinians and Arab states hope one day to make the city the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

“In light of current conditions, it is difficult to talk about negotiations,” Yussef said Saturday.”It is unacceptable that while the Palestinians have been moving toward negotiations in good faith, the Israelis have taken decisions contrary to the understandings that were reached and to the possibility of achieving progress,” he said.Republished With Permission From Bikya Masr

tags: Nazif / Jerusalem / Gaza / Israeli Plans / 1967 / Moussa / Middle East / Jewish State / IOA / IOF / Arab League / Arab Summit / Egyptian Government / Ali Abdullah Saleh
Posted in Other Issues  
Related Articles
Arab leaders gather in Sirte, Jerusalem to dominate their summit
Hamas demands Arab summit to take serious positions to protect Jerusalem
Is there a tyranny-terror link in the Middle East?
Thousands march in Jerusalem rally
Threat to Social Media in Middle East
Blogging Truth to Power in the Middle East
ElBaradei Meets Amr Moussa
New subsidence in Jerusalem's Old City
Middle East IT spending to lead world
Nightmare in the Middle East
Hamas accepts independent state on 1967 borders: Official
Hamas: 1967 borders acceptable
Moussavi: Suppressing students won't save Ahmadinejad - Summary
Halaika: Israeli plans to destroy the Aqsa Mosque in final stages
The 1967-war revisited
Moussa: The Arab League rejects the racist idea of the Jewish state
Hamas: Israeli plans to kill a senior Hamas figure prior to reaching calm
Egyptian Lawmakers Warn against Israeli Plans to Build Fence on Borders
Nazif under fire
Transcript: Interview with Ahmed Nazif
Last Word: Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif
Mohamed Mursi: Passing Constitutional Amendments Worse Than 1967 Defeat