Greece to become observer member of the Arab League

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Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will travel from Greece to the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday and meet with the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

During the meeting they will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Arab League.

The agreement provides for the establishment of political consultations between the two sides, as well as between Greece and the Members of the Arab League.

In this way, Greece will become an observer member of the Arab League.

This comes as the relationship between Athens and the Arab World, especially Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is flourishing amidst their issues with Turkey.

At the 154th meeting of the Arab League Foreign Minister's in September last year, a resolution entitled "Turkish interventions inside the Arab countries" was adopted that condemned Turkish influence in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

The Arab League was formed in Cairo on 22 March 1945 initially with six members: Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan in 1949), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Yemen joined as a member on 5 May 1945.

Currently, the League has 22 members, but Syria's participation has been suspended since November 2011, however, it is expected to return soon.

It was also officially confirmed that Greece reopened in Embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, as well as its Embassy and Consulate in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi respectively.

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