Arab League, Finland foreign minister discuss regional issues


Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed  Aboul Gheit and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland and  the European Union special representative for Sudan Pekka Haavisto has discussed on Tuesday the latest developments in Sudan and the negotiations between the Sudanese parties to hammer out an agreement on the political transition process in the country, as well as means to bolster the regional and international support to Sudan.

An official at the General Secretariat stated that Aboul Gheit briefed the Finnish Minister, whose country is assuming the EU rotating chairmanship and currently in regional tour representing the EU for following up the situation in Sudan, on overall efforts made by the Arab League to help the Sudanese parties reach national consensus.

“The two sides discussed the developments in the Middle East, chief of which are the Palestinian issue and means to push forward with the effort exerted to resolve the Syrian, Yemeni and Libyan crises, as well as the need to stop regional meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab countries”, the official said.

In the same context, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto agreed on the importance of retaining stability in Sudan during the transitional period.

The two officials met in Cairo Tuesday on regional developments, particularly Sudan, said a statement after their talks.

Haavisto added that his tour of the region includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He stressed the importance of maintaining Sudan’s stability during the current phase, expressing the EU’s readiness to play a role in this respect, calling for encouraging foreign investment in the country.