29 July 2012

North Africa: Prime Ministers of Arab Spring Countries Issue 'Cairo Declaration'

Prime Ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya issued at the end of their meeting on Sunday what they called the "Cairo Declaration".

Following their meeting at the Foreign Ministry headquarters, the three prime ministers emphasized the importance of continuing the efforts that aim at enhancing political deliberation and coordinating stances in different regional and international forums regularly "to serve the common goals and the interests of the Arab nation in addition to welcoming any Arab country to taking part in the deliberations."

The three countries witnessed uprisings at the beginning of 2011 where the people overthrew their rulers who had been in power for decades. A democratic process began taking shape in these countries in elections that were described as free to a great extent. The process of drafting new constitutions was set in motion as well.

The three premiers agreed to continue efforts of stimulating economic cooperation between their countries in order to create an integrated economic field to either support inter-Arab trade or encourage the movement of capital and labour.

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