Libya calls for January meeting to discuss joint Arab action

Libya on Monday called for a meeting of Arab foreign ministers to be held on 5 January to discuss ways of developing Arab joint action.

The Libyan delegation to the Arab League suggested it follow the meeting of the supreme five-member committee on a ministerial level on 4 January in Tripoli.

The five-member committee includes Iraq, Qatar, Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

In a memorandum presented to the Arab League General Secretariat, the Libyan delegation called on the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Algeria and Morocco as well as Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa to attend the proposed meeting. Other member countries are also allowed to take participate.

The delegation explained that the meeting is needed to discuss ways to overcome the vetos imposed on certain Arab League council decisions made during the Exceptional Summit in October, in the Libyan city of Sirte.

Disputes arose regarding the question of reforming the Arab League and an initiative–proposed by Moussa–for establishing a neighborhood forum with neighboring countries such as Iran and Turkey.

More than seven Arab countries had reservations about the summit's decision to develop Arab joint action. 

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