Arab League Calls for Pressuring Israel to Negotiate with Palestinians

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaking at the IISS Manama Dialogue (BNA)

The Arab League called on the US administration to pressure Israel into launching a serious negotiation process with Palestine.

Sec-Gen of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit met with White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, on the sidelines of the IISS Manama Dialogue.

During their meeting, the Sec-Gen called on the US administration to expedite the opening of its consulate in East Jerusalem, saying it is an important message to the various parties on its commitment to the two-state solution.

A statement issued by the Arab League indicated that Aboul Gheit discussed several regional and international issues during the meeting, namely the situation in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed the importance of uniting all international efforts to confront terrorism, its sources and protect humanity from its dangers.

Shoukry said during his participation at the fourth Plenary Session entitled “Changing Multilateralism and Regional Security” of the IISS Manama Dialogue that the world is facing an escalation in the risks associated with cross-border terrorism, which aims to destroy societies and demolish the concepts of the national state.

The FM also addressed challenges of climate change, which has become a tangible reality, warning that its consequences have become a threat to economic development and food security and a source of conflict over scarce resources that may threaten international peace and security.

He also discussed issues of illegal immigration, cyber and digital security, challenges of artificial intelligence, genetic modification, space security, and others.

Shoukry stressed the urgent need to develop and modernize international and regional multilateral frameworks, noting the need to adopt new priorities and topics on the global agenda.

On the sidelines of the conference, the top Egyptian official met with the European Union’s Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Annette Weber.

The spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Hafez, announced that the two discussed means to support pillars of security and stability and the latest developments in the Horn of Africa.

They also exchanged “views on a number of important issues especially GERD & the situation in Sudan.”