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Arab leaders to announce unified force to fight security threats

Summit will also call on Houthi fighters to leave Yemen's capital and hand over their arms to 'legitimate' authorities

Arab leaders to announce unified force to fight security threats
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud attends the Arab League summit in Egypts Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on March 28, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt will announce the formation of a unified regional force to counter growing security threats, according to a draft of the final communique, as conflicts rage in countries such as Yemen and Libya.

The summit will also call on Iranian-allied Houthi fighters who have made rapid advances in Yemen to leave that country's capital and hand over their arms to "legitimate" authorities, said the draft, obtained by Reuters.

Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified force, an idea floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, could take months. Previous similar experiments have failed to produce tangible results in the divided Arab world.

The draft resolution identified the military force as voluntary, meaning no state would be required to take part.

That may give Arab states the flexibility needed for intervention in countries such as Yemen, where Saudi Arabia patched together a 10-nation Arab coalition against Houthi fighters and launched military strikes on Thursday.

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whatnext 5 years ago

This will then enable them to go into Iraq, Syria and where ever else in future too.