Egypt Independent

Arab League meeting moved due to Tahrir clashes

For the first time in the Arab League's history, Arab foreign ministers have been unable to reach the organization's building at Cairo's Tahrir Square due to clashes between security forces and protesters.

The clashes have forced the officials to hold their meeting at a hotel near the Cairo International Airport.

The decision comes two days after the league's 139th session kicked off for permanent delegates.

Sources at the general secretariat said the decision aims to ensure the safety of the 12 ministers scheduled to meet Wednesday. Those are the foreign ministers of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Sudan and Algeria.

The meeting will discuss the Syrian crisis and the agenda of the ordinary Arab Summit in Doha at the end of March.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm