Arab Foreign Ministers Council begins 138th session in Cairo

September 5, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegation to the 138th session of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers, which began today in Cairo. The meeting’s agenda included discussions of the latest developments in the Arab world, particularly the violence in Syria, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the situation in Yemen and the nuclear issue.

During an address, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi addressed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. “Now is the time for change . . . You will not stay (in power) for longer,” President Morsi stated. “The Syrian people have made their decision. There is no room for foot-dragging, procrastination or waste of time.”

Following a closed-door session, the Arab Foreign Ministers welcomed the outcome of the Consultative Group Meeting held yesterday in Riyadh, during which $6 billion in pledges were made to assist Yemen. They called for even greater support for the government of Yemen to enable it to overcome its current political and economic challenges and pass from the transitional phase to the rehabilitation phase.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministers welcomed the democratic process witnessed in Libya, characterizing the July 7, 2012 general elections as transparent and fair. They lauded the efforts of Libyan authorities to achieve security, stability and national reconciliation and expressed support for their efforts to apprehend political fugitives and bring them to justice.

Following the deliberations, Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabeel Al-Arabi held a joint press conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who is the current president of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council. Dr. Al-Arabi noted that Council has decided to support Palestine’s endeavor to gain non-member status at the United Nations.

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