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Russia to take part in the Amman Summit

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The summit is expected to push the Arab joint work forward, mainly at the political, economic and social levels, says a new piece by Shehab Al Makahleh.

Jordan has agreed to host the 28th Arab League Summit of the after Yemen had announced its inability to cope with the logistics. The summit will be held at a critical time as the whole Middle East is passing through crises and wars are plaguing the region. An invitation was sent to Russia to attend the summit which will be held on March 29, 2017 in the Dead Sea area.

For this purpose, Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit chaired March 12 a meeting with the secretariat senior officials to follow-up on the preparations for the Arab League Summit.

The Russian participation in the summit is not symbolic but rather it came after the effective role Russia has played in the war against terrorism in the Middle East.

The key issues that will be on the agenda are the wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya which form a real threat not only to regional stability but rather to international peace and stability. Means to counter terrorism at regional and international levels will be on the table as the UN secretary general will attend the summit, representatives of the EU and other international organizations as well.

There is intense Russian, Egyptian, Jordanian endeavor to have the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad invited to the Amman Arab League Summit and to promote a handshake between him and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. If this happens, Amman will be the capital of reconciliation of Arabs for the second time after the late King Hussein managed to reconcile both President Saddam Hussein and President Hafez Al Assad in Amman Summit many years ago.

Secret contacts are currently underway ahead of the Arab League summit which would bring about a sea change in the Arab world’s relationship with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

The summit is expected to push the Arab joint work forward, mainly at the political, economic and social levels.

The Arab League was established in 1945. It now comprises of 22 Arab countries.

Shehab Al Makahleh

Originally published on RusisWorld