BREAKING: El-Sisi announces Arab League ‘agrees in principle’ to form a joint military force

Saudi foreign minister questions Russia’s intentions in Middle East after a letter of greetings from Putin was read at session.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced at the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh that member states have agreed in principle to form a joint military force to deal with security threats.

He added that a “high-level” team will be created and led by Arab army leaders to look into issues related to forming this force.

He also pledged to continue “working, communicating and coordinating” with Arab states on various common interests in the region.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Araby opened the session by stressing an “absolute need” to confront all threats to the national security of Arab states.

El-Araby called for unified “military, economic and societal” efforts in the face of these challenges.

“What brings Arab states together is larger than what draws them apart,” he added.

He discussed threats and civil war conditions in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

El-Araby said that the Arab intervention in Yemen would continue until Houthi rebel aggression stops.

Delegates from Iraq suggested changes to language in an expected final resolution on the Palestinian question.

The summit received a letter from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Saudi foreign minister criticised Russian intervention in Syria.