Arab, EU of­fi­cials agree to boost bi­lat­eral ties

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

It is nec­es­sary to bol­ster ArabEuro­pean di­a­logue “tak­ing into ac­count the in­ter­twined fates of both re­gions and to over­come col­lec­tive chal­lenges,” Tu­nisian For­eign Min­is­ter Khamis AlJo­heinawi said yes­ter­day. The Tu­nisian of­fi­cial made the re­mark in a speech dur­ing a meet­ing of Arab and Euro­pean Union (EU) For­eign Min­is­ters at the Arab League’s head­quar­ters in the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal.

Jo­heinawi high­lighted the need of fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both sides at a “crit­i­cal junc­ture”, call­ing for reg­u­lar meet­ings be­tween Arab and Euro­pean of­fi­cials. More­over, on a sug­ges­tion to hold an Arab-Euro­pean sum­mit, he said that it will be in­stru­men­tal in boost­ing bi­lat­eral ties and es­tab­lish­ing a “well-bal­anced part­ner­ship”, which is cru­cial to en­sure con­certed ef­forts.

Mean­while, the EU’s High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy Fed­er­ica Mogherini noted that con­flicts in Syria, Libya and Ye­men have had a rip­ple ef­fect through Europe, which un­der­scores the “EU’s key role in pro­tect­ing se­cu­rity in the Arab world.”

The EU of­fi­cial de­nounced a spate of re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, call­ing for in­creased ef­forts to take re­la­tions be­tween both sides to the next level and to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion on nu­mer­ous piv­otal is­sues, in­clud­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. On the con­flicts in Syria and Ye­men, Mogherini stressed that “mil­i­tary ac­tion is never the so­lu­tion”, call­ing on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help re-build the war-torn na­tions.

Sim­i­larly, the Arab League’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ah­mad Abul-Gheit said that the Arab world and the EU should work as “part­ners” in this junc­ture, as fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both sides will be “mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial.”

The Arab League chief also noted that so­lu­tions to lin­ger­ing con­flicts are only pos­si­ble through forg­ing a solid part­ner­ship be­tween the Arab world and the EU, which is fea­si­ble given their geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions and sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.

On the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, Abul-Gheit con­demned the “atroc­i­ties in Aleppo”, say­ing that the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should be com­mit­ted to its obli­ga­tions of pre­serv­ing global peace and se­cu­rity. He also pressed the EU to use its “po­lit­i­cal clout” to put an end to the blood­shed in Syria, ad­ding that the only so­lu­tion to the con­flict is a po­lit­i­cal one.

First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah led the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion to the meet­ing. — KUNA

CAIRO: This hand­out photo re­leased by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) yes­ter­day shows Arab and Euro­pean For­eign Min­is­ters pose for a group photo ahead of their meet­ing in Cairo, Egypt yes­ter­day.

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