Unified Arab policy must be adopted towards Turkey’s destructive practices, says Egyptian FM

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry listens to the translation during a press conference in Egypt's capital Cairo on September 17, 2019. (File/AFP)
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Updated 10 September 2020

Unified Arab policy must be adopted towards Turkey’s destructive practices, says Egyptian FM

  • Shoukry said Turkey’s practices and interference in multiple Arab countries’ internal affairs shape threats against the Arab national security
  • Earlier in July, Turkey sent 25,000 mercenaries to Libya

DUBAI: It is necessary to implement a unified Arab policy towards Turkey’s destructive actions in the Arab region, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday during his Arab League ministerial committee meeting.
Shoukry said Turkey’s practices and interference in multiple Arab countries’ internal affairs shape threats against the Arab national security.
He called on Arab states to coordinate in preventing Turkish interference in their internal affairs, the report said.
The minister also discussed at the meeting, which was chaired by Egypt, Turkey’s military involvement in Syria to Libya and the thousands of mercenaries Ankara sends to these war-torn countries.
Earlier in July, Turkey sent 25,000 mercenaries to Libya which included 17,000 Syrian militants, 2,500 Tunisians and other nationalities, including Sudanese, the report said.


Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

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Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

  • Erekat was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center
  • He was a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas

JERUSALEM: Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, after he was infected with the coronavirus.
Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was receiving artificial respiration in the intensive care unit at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center.
Erekat, 65, has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past several decades, serving as a senior negotiator in talks with Israel. He was also a senior adviser to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas.
He was hospitalized Sunday at the Jerusalem hospital despite the Palestinian leadership’s decision earlier this year to sever ties with Israel over plans to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank as part of President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan.
The hospital said Monday that Erekat’s case was extremely challenging in light of his history of health problems, including a lung transplant in 2017. It said he suffered from a weak immune system, and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.