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The secret of timing – Experts uncover the objectives expected from the Arab mini summit in Egypt

The Egyptian city of El Alamein will host a mini-Arab summit in the presence of the leaders of five countries, namely Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, and Iraq.

The summit comes at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, within the framework of continuous coordination and consultation between these countries, in order to serve joint Arab action and advance Arab relations to face various current international and regional challenges.

Egyptian-Emirati Consultation

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived on Sunday in the Egyptian city of El Alamein, where he discussed with President el-Sisi ‘strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, and exchanging views and views on international issues, regional security and the current situation in the Arab region’, said Egyptian journalist and parliamentarian Mustafa Bakri. The five-year Arab summit will include many prominent issues, foremost among which are the global crises and the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war on the Arab world, in addition to discussing the Palestinian issue, the situations in Iraq, Libya and Yemen, and the need to reach a political solution in Syria, as well as the continuation of the crisis of the Renaissance Dam.

The Egyptian MP added that the summit will be the beginning of preparations for the next Arab summit that will be held in Algeria. He added that it will also discuss the strengthening of cooperation between them on the one hand, and discuss developments and challenges in the Middle East region and reach solutions on various common Arab issues.

Strategic partnerships

For his part, Ambassador Mohammed Hijazi, former assistant foreign minister, said that the five-year summit in El Alamein is a very important time amidst international and regional developments that put pressure on the countries of the region and their economies, especially in the field of energy and food security. He added that the five-year summit will discuss an integrated partnership in the issue of energy and food security, and the summit will elevate the concept of the partnership mechanism to a strategic partnership, joint action and the settlement of investments and industry.

Hijazi said that the five countries meeting at the summit are the nucleus for unleashing the region’s potential and for pooling investments and manufacturing so that any disruption in the industrial or food value chains can be countered, as is happening now due to developments related to the Russian-Ukrainian file and the strained relations between Russia and the West on the one hand and between the United States and China on the other.

Facing crises

Nael al-Jawabra, an economic analyst in the United Arab Emirates, said the five-way Arab summit in Egypt is an affirmation of the efforts of the leaders of the five countries to confront the global economic crises that occurred after the Ukrainian crisis.

The Emirati economic analyst added that the important visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, to Egypt yesterday and his participation in the five-year summit today is his first visit abroad after assuming the reins of power. He noted that this visit is an affirmation of the Egyptian-Emirati cooperation and represents a prelude to the launch of a full strategic partnership process among the Arab countries.

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