Egyptian FM welcomes Chad to join AL

09:12, October 11, 2010      

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Sunday that he welcomed Chad's bid to join the Arab League (AL).

"AL would adopt a pragmatic and objective view on Chad's joining," Abul Gheit said.

"Chad's second official language is Arabic, and the country attaches great importance to Arabic," he said, adding now there are 28 Egyptian Arabic teachers in Chad and they were funded by the Egyptian government.

If Chad becomes a member state of AL, it would produce very profound influence, the Egyptian minister said, "but it needs a long time, because the conditions are insufficient."

Talking about the AL expansion, Abul Gheit denied that Turkey is nominated to join AL.

More than 60 Arab and African leaders gathered here on Sunday at the second Afro-Arab summit, aiming to promote the regional cooperation between Arab and African countries.

AL Secretary General Amr Moussa declared Saturday evening that AL will establish a ministerial council to study the possibilities of forming an Arab neighbor forum. Moussa has been calling for boosting Arab neighborhood bonds since the last Arab summit in March.

Source: Xinhua


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