19 January 2019
The general secretary of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed deep concern over the burning of the flag of Libya in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Aboul Gheit said today in a press release: "In any case it is unacceptable or based on any argument that the flag of any Arab country is burned, especially if this happens in Arab land, and taking into account that there are differences in visions or certainties historical political reasons do not justify the burning of an Arab flag, which in fact represents the symbol of the state and its confrontation and expresses the will and unity of its people ".
In this context, the Secretary General invited the Lebanese State authorities, in the light of their commitments and commitments as host country to the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, to ensure full respect of the delegations of the Arab League Member States to participate in summit meetings.
He noted that the various member states of the university have welcomed the Lebanese request to host this summit and, at the same time, there is a great desire for the success of the summit, considering the importance of topics discussed and waiting to produce concrete results that will give impetus to joint Arab action in the camps. Economic and social development.
On the other hand, Abul-Gheit discussed with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who is currently visiting Cairo, to develop joint cooperation to cope with the growing needs of refugees Arab.
Ambassador Mahmoud Afifi, spokesperson for the Secretary General, said that the meeting had an exchange of views on how to develop cooperation between the General Secretariat of the Arab League and the High Commissioner, in accordance with the memorandum d & # 39; updated agreement signed in September 2017 by the Secretary General and the High Commissioner in New York, Needs of Arab refugees, both within and outside the Arab region.
During the meeting, the Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by the Office of the High Commissioner to address the difficult humanitarian situation experienced by a large number of Arab refugees as a result of crises and armed conflicts experienced by some Arab states in recent years, from Syria, Yemen and Libya, which has led to unprecedented refugee flows.
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