Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.
A rethink on waste streams that circles materials back into the economy instead of sending them to the landfill or incinerating them has the potential to collectively save the global economy up to $1 trillion, said an industry expert.
The 22 members of the Arab League also denounced killings of civilians by the Syrian government.
"We pledge to work decisively to put a final end to divisions," read their final statement, read out to media by Kuwaiti Fo
Rifts over foreign policy will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges, including Syria and what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-US rapprochement.
Kuwait is set to organise the Arab Summit League 2014 for the first time in the country from March 25 to 26.
The summit, which is now in its 25th year, will gather the members of the Arab League and leaders from across the Arab wo
Iran’s interference in the GCC countries' internal affairs, threatening international sea traffic through the Strait of Hormuz and harbouring terror cells was an unacceptable violation, said Bahrain’s His Majesty King Hamad.
Gulf states have asked the Arab League to cancel a summit scheduled to be held in Baghdad in May, the Bahraini foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Iraq criticised Bahrain's crackdown on protesters.
'Gulf Cooperation Council, i
Support has slipped for a special Arab summit on the Israeli offensive in Gaza proposed to be held in Qatar on Friday, with several countries dropping out after a tug-of-war highlighting Arab divisions.
Qatar's emir insists his invitat
The first ever Arab economic summit, to be hosted by Kuwait in January, will focus on worsening poverty and unemployment in the Arab world, and boosting inter-Arab trade, a minister said.
"The summit will tackle the aggravation of poverty