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Sharm El Sheikh

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday launched the first European Union Summit with the Arab League in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Shiekh. The summit will last through Monday and will be co-chaired by El-Sisi and European Council President Donald Tusk, Al Ahram reported.

More than 50 European Union and Arab League member states are expected to participate in the summit, under the banner: “Investing in Stability.”


Now, there’s a clear and unabashed message…

The more than 20 European heads of states at the summit are expected to include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Arab and European leaders will address common challenges, including migration, border security and the situation in the Middle East.

The EU has issued a statement saying “the leaders are expected to discuss possibilities to develop cooperation in the fields of energy, science, research, (digital) technology, tourism, fisheries and agriculture. They will also have the opportunity to tackle a number of pressing global issues, including human rights and the promotion of cultural and religious tolerance, and migration.”

Regional conflicts, including the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and the Middle East peace process, will also be discussed during the two-day summit.

According to Asharq Al-Awsat, the draft declaration will steer clear of controversial issues between participating countries.

So, nothing much.

Meanwhile, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with President El-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh, ahead of the big summit.

Not much there, either.


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