Afro-Arab summit preparatory meeting discusses boosting cooperation

08:39, October 09, 2010      

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Arab and African foreign ministers held a preparatory meeting on Friday for the upcoming Afro-Arab summit, where they discussed boosting cooperation between African and Arab countries.

African and Arab countries have started cooperation since three decades ago, Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Amr Moussa said during the meeting.

"Now we are at the new start, as the new phase of the Afro-Arab cooperation has shown our genuine will and determination to address our common challenges," said Moussa.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said the Afro-Arab summit, which is organized by the AL and the African Union (AU) and will be held in the Libyan city of Sirte on Sunday, is an important opportunity "to learn from the past and make a leap to the future cooperation between African and Arab countries in all fields."

"The possibility of establishing real strategic partnership is based on mutual support and interests," said Abul Gheit.

The Egyptian top diplomat also said he has issued his country's initiative to ministers participating the meeting on advancing the Arab-African cooperation, which is through adopting a common strategy, detailed action plan and specific financial resources to implement the cooperation programs particularly in agriculture, tourism, trade and mineral sectors.

The meeting, hosted by Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, discussed the final documents to be presented to the summit, including the strategic framework agreement on Arab-African cooperation, the five-year cooperation plan and Sirte Declaration which expresses Arab and African leaders' stance on the regional and international issues with mutual concerns and interests.

According to AL chief, the final declaration of the summit will also clarify Arab and African leaders' stance on joint efforts to free the two regions from the threats of nuclear weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and organized crimes.

The meeting also decided that the third Afro-Arab summit will be hosted by Kuwait in 2013. The first session was held in Cairo in 1977.

Source: Xinhua

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