Egypt calls for ‘united’ Arab troops to fight militants

CAIRO- EGYPTIAN  President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Sunday proposed creating a unified Arab force to tackle militants in the region, days after his country launched airstrikes against extremists in neighbouring Libya.

“The need for a unified Arab force becomes more urgent day after day,” he said in a televised address.
“Challenges facing our region and our countries are very huge,” he said. “We can overcome them if we are together.”
Egypt portrays itself as a key fighter against militants.
Last week, a row erupted between Egypt and Qatar after the Gulf emirate objected to the Egyptian airstrikes in Libya, saying Cairo should have consulted other Arab states before the action.
Egypt said it had acted in self-defence after Islamic State militants killed 21 Egyptian migrant workers in Libya.
On Thursday, Qatar pulled its ambassador from Cairo after an Egyptian diplomat accused Doha of supporting terrorism. -  Sapa-dpa