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CAIRO, June 13, 2018 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit conferred with UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Miroslav Lajcak in New York on the latest developments in the Arab arena especially the Arab group's bid to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against Israel's illegal actions in the occupied territories during an UNGA emergency session under the title of "Uniting for Peace".

In a statement released on Wednesday, Arab League Secretary General Spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said Abul Gheit reiterated during the meeting the Arab states' keenness on the passing of a draft resolution on the Palestinian issue with the largest majority possible in a way that would affirm the international community commitment towards defending the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and rejecting the repressive actions of the Israeli occupation forces.

Afifi also said the Arab League chief met Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, current chief of the UN Security Council. Talks covered the need for the UN Council to shoulder its responsibilities towards reaching a just and comprehensive settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with the focus on establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Talks also dwelt on other developments in the Arab region especially in Syria, Yemen and Libya in light of Russia's intention to hold a debate session at the UN on the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa region by the end of the current month, added the spokesman.

Abul Gheit also had talks with African Commission Chief Moussa Faki on the fringe of his participation in a high-level forum held between the UN Secretary General and heads of a number of regional and non-regional organisations. Talks covered means of consolidating Arab-African relations especially current cooperation between the African Commission and the Arab League as regards the settlement of current armed conflicts especially in Libya as well as preparations for an Arab African Summit that will be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh in 2019.

CAIRO, June 10 ,2018(MENA) - Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit left for new York on Sunday to attend a high-level UN forum.

The forum will bring together UN Secretary General António Guterres and heads of a number of regional organisations.

Abul Gheit will take part in consultations on a number of Arab issues tabled on the agenda of the UN, including the Palestinian issue and the importance of providing protection for Palestinians.

Mahmoud Afifi, spokesman for the Arab League chief, said the forum is the first of its kind between the UN chief and heads of 20 regional organisations in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The forum aims at enhancing institutional cooperation between the UN and those organisations as regards conflict prevention, management and settlement.

Abul Gheit will review the pan-Arab body's vision towards many crises in the Arab region, especially the Syrian, Libyan and Yemeni crises.

He will also hold bilateral meetings with the UN chief, the head of the UN General Assembly and the head of the UN Security Council.

CAIRO, May 28, 2018 (MENA) - Arab League Secretary Ahmed Abul Gheit will take part in a high-level international meeting on Libya to be held in France Tuesday. 

The meeting will be held under the auspices of the UN and will be attended by prime minister of the Libyan government of national accord Fayez al Sarraj. 

Abul Gheit will reiterate an AL commitment to work with Libyans until political and constitutional rights are achieved, said spokesman Mahmoud Afifi.

The AL chief will also review steps that should be agreed by all Libyan parties to allow a suitable political, legal and security climate for holding the elections and recognising executive and legislative institutions, Afifi added.

CAIRO, May 17, 2018 (MENA) - The Arab League underlined the importance of cultural diversity in enriching different civilisations and building bridges of communication among individuals with different cultural backgrounds.

Holding an intercultural dialogue is the best way to know the other, spread values of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect and enhance international peace and security, the Arab League said in a statement on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development which falls on May 21.

The pan-Arab body underlined the importance of this occasion in promoting awareness related to cultural diversity and acceptance of the other.

CAIRO, May 16, 2018 (MENA) - The Arab League announced that it will hold an extraordinary session on Thursday at the level of Arab foreign ministers at the headquarters of the AL General Secretariat to discuss the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people.

In statements on Wednesday, AL Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki said that the meeting will be held upon a request of Saudi Arabia, which is the current chairman of the Arab Summit.

The meeting will discuss means of adopting a unified Arab stance towards Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, Zaki said.

The AL Council is scheduled to hold an extraordinary session later today at the level of permanent delegates upon a request of the Palestinian side to take an action against the illegal US decision related to Al Quds (the occupied East Jerusalem). 

Today's meeting comes upon a request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riyad al Malki, said Palestinian ambassador to Egypt and its permanent delegate to the Arab League Diab al Louh.

CAIRO, May 14, 2018 (MENA) - The Arab League Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent delegates on Wednesday to discuss the illegal decision taken by the US as regards relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a diplomatic source said.

The meeting comes at the request of Palestine's permanent delegate to the Arab League Diab al Louh.

President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an urgent extraordinary session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the level of permanent representatives to counter the US expected relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem on Monday.

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