Strong ministerial presence at 129th session of Arab FMs in Cairo Wednesday


Cairo : The Arab League Secretariat has completed all arrangements and preparations for the 129th session of the Arab foreign ministers due to be held here on Wednesday.

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The session will be marked by an intensive Arab ministerial presence given the fact that it comes shortly ahead of the forthcoming Arab summit in Syria late this month, an official source of the league said Tuesday.

Some 18 Arab countries have already informed the secretariat that they will be attending the meeting, notably Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Palestine, Sudan, Mauritania, Djibouti, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the source said.

Representatives from Libya, Somalia and Comoros will also be present in the meeting.

The session will be addressed by the Algerian and Djiboutian foreign ministers and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

The Arab foreign ministers will discuss during the meeting the agenda of the next Arab summit and several Arab political, economic, social and legal issues, mainly the Palestinian issue, Lebanon, and Syria’s Golan Heights, and a planned Arab economic and social development summit in Kuwait in January 2009.

Also to be discussed are two Palestinian and Syrian memos on the relocation of Palestinian refugees from the Iraqi border to Sudan, as well as a report on Arab national security.

The Arab foreign ministers will also touch upon the volatile situation in Iraq, the Iranian-occupied three islands of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan, Somalia, Comoros and Israeli armament threats to Arab national security.