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Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit attends the Arab Foreign Ministers extraordinary meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis in Cairo, Egypt December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Cairo- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit has warned that terrorist organizations “represent a threat to the stability of Arab countries,” welcoming the idea of a joint Arab peacekeeping force.

“What’s happening in Syria and Iraq is frightening. There are threats to Jordan that lies on the border of these two countries,” Aboul Gheit told a delegation from the Nasser Higher Military Academy (NHMA).

The Iraqi army is trying to end the war on ISIS and the battles in Syria are nearing to achieve their objectives, he said.

“The current situation allowed foreign troops to be present on Arab land,” Aboul Gheit told the delegation.

He also condemned Iran’s threats to Gulf states, saying “some countries are talking about hegemony and control over Arab capitals, and are seeking to expand to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.”

The Arab League chief also criticized statements on “religious divisions” and a Shi’ite-Sunni race.

He stressed the organization’s rejection of “any foreign interference in Arab territories,” calling for an understanding to the new challenges and ways to beat them.

There comes the role of the Arab League in bringing countries closer and uniting their viewpoints.

“When you decide to take group action to confront these challenges, we will be here as Arabs,” he said, adding that forming an Arab peacekeeping force “is a very good idea.”

But such a move “requires the appropriate circumstances and a unified Arab will.”

“Currently, Arab countries do not believe that a proposed joint Arab force is necessary,” Aboul Gheit said.

He added that the Arab League would be ready to act when the organization’s Council decides to build such a force militarily.