Arab foreign ministers met in Egypt Thursday to form a united front to counter regional threats from ISIS, IRAN and other terrorists groups.
Arab foreign ministers speak together before meeting ahead of the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
This historic resolution, still in draft form, creates a United Arab Muslim Armed Forces for the first time.
“The Arab ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
“The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Elaraby added.
The draft resolution will be referred to the Arab leaders during their March 28-29 summit in Egypt.
It comes after Saudi Arabia attacked the Iranian-backed Houthis in neighboring Yemen.
The Arab world is facing unprecedented threats in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Nigeria, Iraq. The U.S. is absent, providing no leadership and little help. We’ve betrayed our allies and they know it. There will be a price to pay.
They no longer trust us and they know we are aligned with Iran.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, another regional body of Islamic states, affirmed its support for the deal and said it is monitoring the situation in Yemen closely. The Syrian National Coalition, an alliance of Syrian fighters allied with the West, also said it supported the operation and reasserted its recognition of Hadi as Yemen’s “legitimate” leader. Hadi is currently in Saudi Arabia, having been forced to flee.
They are doing what they need to do, however, once the arms race begins after the Iranian deal is signed, this could be an army with nuclear weapons. They also sit on the oil used by much of the world.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is allied with Iran.