Arab League Welcomes G20’s Decision to Add African Union

The Arab League welcomed the Group of 20’s (G20) decision to add the African Union as a member during their meeting held on September 9 and 10 in India.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit described this decision as a correct and positive step that would benefit both sides.

It will also have African countries contribute to the decisions and positions in the global economy and solving pivotal global issues such as climate change, energy security, food security and more, he added.

Aboul Gheit furthermore expressed his hopes of approving the Arab League’s request to join the G20, noting that the issues that the group handles directly concern the Arab region, especially regarding development, employment, facilitating trade exchange and eliminating poverty.

He added that the Arab League’s economic role includes economic integrations and partnerships, in addition to the supervision of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), which first came into effect in 2005.

Source: Qatar News Agency