1. The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU-PSC) and the Peace and Security Council of the League of Arab States (LAS-PSC) held a joint consultative meeting at ministerial level, in New York, at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission, on 27 September 2012. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Mohamed Amr, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as Chair of the AU-PSC for the month of September 2012, and Mr. Adnan Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, as Chair of the LAS-PSC.

2. The meeting was a follow-up to the first meeting between the two Councils, held in Cairo, Egypt, on 18 and 19 December 2010. During their Cairo meeting, the two Councils reviewed several issues of common concerns and agreed on ways and means to foster peace, security and stability in the two regions and enhance coordination of related efforts and initiatives.

3. The New York consultative meeting provided an opportunity for an exchange of views between the two Councils on the challenges to peace and security in the two regions, as well as on their efforts to address ongoing crises. Within this framework, discussions focused on the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia, the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan on their post-secession relations, under the auspices of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel, as well as on the situations in Mali and in Palestine.

4. The two Councils noted that their meeting was taking place as the same time that a significant breakthrough was being made in the post-secession negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan, with the signature of an Agreement by the Presidents of the two countries. The two Councils further noted that the meeting was being held against the backdrop of remarkable progress in the Somali peace and reconciliation process.

5. The two Councils also exchanged views on ways and means of enhancing their partnership in the area of peace and security. In this respect, the two Councils reiterated the importance of mobilizing the resources required for the effective implementation of the activities agreed to during the 2nd Africa-Arab Summit held in October 2010. The two Councils further reiterated the continued relevance of the modalities agreed upon in Cairo in October 2010, in order to institutionalize their relationship. The two Councils look forward to the 3rd Africa-Arab Summit scheduled to take place in Kuwait, in 2013.

6. The two Councils agreed to convene their next formal meeting in Addis Ababa, in December 2012, at a date to be agreed upon. The two Councils requested the AU Commission and the LAS Secretariat to prepare a comprehensive report on the status of the cooperation between the two organizations in the area of peace and security and to make recommendations on how to enhance and to take forward their partnership.

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