Egypt meeting stresses importance of unity in facing challenges

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His Majesty King Abdullah participates in an Arab consultative meeting with Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, in New El-Alamein City on August 23, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — The Arab consultative meeting held in the Egyptian city of El-Alamein on Tuesday is seen by political commentators interviewed by Jordan News as a great opportunity to promote joint Arab action and unite the Arab ranks to face the challenges the Arab region is witnessing.اضافة اعلان

The meeting brought together His Majesty King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al- Khalifa, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

Lawmaker Khalil Attieh told Jordan News that “the participation of King Abdullah in the meeting comes within the framework of His Majesty’s efforts to unify Arab positions on all different issues”.

He added that “the meeting aims to unify all efforts aimed at reaching lasting solutions to crises in the countries of the region, and contributes to laying the foundation of security and stability in these countries, in addition to achieving stability and peace for their peoples”.

“This unitary vision is what Jordan truly believes in, and which His Majesty the King constantly seeks to consolidate during his meetings with Arab leaders and also during his speeches in international forums,” he stressed, adding that “We, as MPs, support this trend and acknowledge its importance and the need to continue it. We strongly support joint Arab meetings because of the positive impact they have on Arab peoples.”

Geopolitical expert Amer Al-Sabaileh told Jordan News that “these meetings are close to becoming almost periodic” and their aim is to “discuss and unify views on some policies, the most important of which may be, at this stage, those concerning the Iraq and Syria dossiers, the change of the Turkish policy, as well as the repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis”.

However, one should not expect “real outcomes from such summits, as their goal is to unify positions rather than take measures”, he said.

Political expert Hassan Al-Momani told Jordan News that “His Majesty the King is a pioneer of joint Arab action, and his participation is a qualitative addition to such meetings”.

He elaborated, saying that “in recent years, there has been multilateral, Arab-Arab cooperation. Jordan played a major role in that by establishing multiple strategic companies, be they Iraqi-Egyptian-Jordanian, or, later, Jordanian-Egyptian-Iraqi-Emirati, or strategic partnerships with the GCC and others”.

“I think that such summits ultimately serve to strengthen joint Arab cooperation. The importance of this latest is that it tackles a number of issues, and that it comes as the region has been suffering for years from conflicts, crises, and international challenges, especially the conflict in Ukraine, and the US-Chinese tension,” he added.

Momani also said that “this meeting comes after intense diplomatic activity that took place recently, such as the visits made by His Majesty King Abdullah or the visit of US President Joe Biden to the region and the Jeddah summit.”

“In addition to that, these summits are important because they deal with issues related to the economic realities and challenges, most prominent of which are food security and the energy dossier,” he said.

The present meeting is also important “because it comes before the convening of the Arab Summit, bringing together five countries that have common visions and denominators on many issues, be they political, economic, or security related”, he said.

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