CAIRO, Aug 18 — Deputy Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmad Bin Helli announced Sunday that the Arab foreign ministers will meet their Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September.
The meeting aims to clear the atmosphere of the Arab-Turkish ties, he told reporters after receiving director of the Middle East Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Ben Helli said he discussed with the Turkish senior diplomat ways to revive the Arab-Turkish cooperation and resume the meetings of the Arab-Turkish forum, noting that the meeting was candid and cordial.
“The sixth session of the forum was put off indefinitely due to some obstacles that should be removed,” he pointed out, voicing hope that the September meeting will help build consensus on all disputable issues.
Asked about the reported interference by Turkey in the domestic affairs of some Arab countries, Ben Helli said: “Turkey has its own justifications of course but it stated readiness to overcome all obstacles.”
He added that he discussed with the Turkish official various regional issues including the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, the Egyptian initiative for ceasefire and Arab-Turkish relief effort for the Palestinian people in Gaza.
“The Turkish official has informed the League’s Secretariat of the assistance his country offered and plans to offer to the Gazans,” Ben Helli added.