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Wide Arab Participation Expected at Algeria Summit

Wide Arab Participation Expected at Algeria Summit

Saturday, 1 October, 2022 - 09:15
Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Ambassador Hossam Zaki meets with Algerian officials on Thursday. (Algerian foreign ministry)

Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Ambassador Hossam Zaki said he discussed with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra the logistic arrangements and agenda of the upcoming League summit in Algeria.

In an interview with Algeria Press Service, Zaki said he expects wide participation by Arab leaders at the summit, which is scheduled for November.

He added that he discussed with Lamamra all issues related to the summit.

Everyone is aware that the meeting of Arab leaders at this time is very significant, he stressed, noting that the Arab League hasn’t met in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zaki hoped that the summit would achieve at least some of the hopes and aspirations of Arab peoples in issues related to stability, peace and security.

Moreover, he noted that the summit will be held as Algeria marks the anniversary of its revolution against French colonization.

“The Algerians and their Arab brothers will celebrate the occasion together,” Zaki said.

Addressing the Palestinian-Arab “reunion”, which is the slogan of the summit, he remarked that the event will act as a real starting point for more effective Arab work.

The current situation in the Arab world demands that greater efforts be exerted to achieve the reunion, he went on to say.

The Algerian leadership is very keen on this issue, he stressed.

On the division between Palestinian factions, Zaki said this is an “issue that pains us as Arabs.”

Algeria has taken its upon itself to host dialogue between Palestinians ahead of the summit.

A date has not been set yet for the talks.

Zaki stressed that efforts between Arab countries to achieve rapprochement between Palestinians has not ceased and “we hope Algerian efforts will help the years-long division.”

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