Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri give a press conference at the conclusion of an Arab summit meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, March 29, 2015. AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fatah, El Shorouk Newspaper
Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels “withdraw and surrender their weapons,” a summit of Arab leaders decided on March 29, also agreeing in principle to form joint military force and criticizing Turkey, Iran and Israel over “interference.”
The decision by the Arab League puts it on a path to more aggressively challenge Shiite power Iran, which is backing the Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis.
A Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen on March 26, saying it was targeting the Houthis and their allies, which include forces loyal to Yemen’s former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Current and former Yemeni military officials have said the campaign could pave the way for a possible ground invasion.
At the summit, held in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby read a final communique outlining the leaders’ views.
“Yemen was on the brink of the abyss, requiring effective Arab and international moves after all means of reaching a peaceful resolution have been exhausted to end the Houthi coup and restore legitimacy,” Elaraby said…
WTF does Israel have to do with Yemen? Nothing, of course. Yet, like a religious ritual, it must be condemned at any gathering of Arabs.
For that matter, what does Turkey have to do with it either? The entire Arab world is organized by tribes, and it shows. (Implicating Iran makes sense in this situation).