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FM attends Arab League emergency meeting in Cairo

Foreign Minister Khémaies Jhinaoui led a Tunisian delegation to an emergency meeting in Cairo of the Arab League foreign ministers which was convened to discuss the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria.

Jhinaoui said the situation is worsening in an "unprecedented" way in the Middle East because of conflicts, military operations and foreign intervention in the Syrian crisis, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Tunisia is determined to strengthen Arab solidarity following Turkey’s military operation which threatens the region's stability, the minister added.

He also called for an immediate ceasefire and said the military escalation in Syria is a violation of its sovereignty, stability and territorial integrity.

Ongoing conflict in northeastern Syria could lead to a humanitarian crisis that would undermine counter-terrorism efforts, the minister said. Tunisia reiterates its call upon the international community to spare no effort to bar the way to terrorist organisations.

Jhinaoui also said that Tunisia’s status as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (2020-2021) will help it champion Arab causes and push for the peaceful resolution of crises, mainly in Syria.

Earlier, the Foreign Minister attended a consultation meeting and had talks with Arab counterparts that mainly focused on the latest developments in the region and ways to boost joint Arab action.

The minister also met with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.


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