Beirut economic summit starts today with the absence of leaders[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date: 2019/1/20 10:00 • 38 times scheduled[/rtl]
The Arab Economic Summit hosted by the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday discussed draft resolutions prepared by foreign ministers on 29 items on the agenda, in light of the low level of representation of delegations, the absence of an overwhelming majority of Arab leaders and their apology for attendance.
Amidst the absence of the overwhelming majority of Arab presidents and leaders, the fourth session of the Arab Economic Summit will be held in Beirut, the most important of which is to support investments in host countries for Syrian refugees and to accelerate the establishment of the Arab Customs Union.
Only Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and Lebanese President Michel Aoun will attend as leaders.
A number of Arab officials, including the Mauritanian president, as well as senior officials, including Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Relations and International Cooperation Asaad Ben Tariq arrived in Beirut on Saturday.
The Arab foreign and economic ministers held a preliminary meeting on Friday to discuss the agenda of the summit and prepared draft resolutions on 29 items.
Among the draft resolutions put forward is the call of the international community to support the Arab countries hosting the Syrian refugees. The General Secretariat of the League of Arab States will be invited to convene a meeting of international donors and concerned international organizations.
Among the issues to be raised at the Sunday summit amid divisions among the countries concerned over drafting it is to encourage the voluntary return of Syrian refugees to areas where the fighting has stopped.
As for the Arab Customs Union, which was supposed to be established in 2015 after its consideration in previous sessions, the latest of which is in Riyadh in 2013, one of the draft resolutions calls upon the Arab countries to expedite the completion of the necessary requirements for its establishment.
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