The 32nd Arab summit kicked off in the presence of leaders of Arab countries, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was absent from the annual meeting for 12 years.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also arrived in Jeddah to participate in the summit without prior announcement, to attend a meeting that brings together all the leaders of Arab countries.
Algerian Prime Minister Ayman bin Abdul Rahman and the current Arab league president handed over the presidency to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Before that, the Saudi Crown Prince received the heads of state and delegations participating in the Arab Summit, and then a family photo that brought together all the participants.
The UAE is participating in the Arab Summit with a high-level delegation, headed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, on behalf of the President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The ongoing conflict in Sudan between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, since the middle of last month, the summit is topping hot files, foremost of which is the Yemeni crisis and the Palestinian cause.
The convening of the Arab Summit in Saudi Arabia comes as an extension of its pioneering role at the regional and international levels, and its leadership’s keenness to enhance communication with the leaders of Arab countries, to conduct continuous discussions and to coordinate positions on files and issues of common concern.
The current summit is the 61st since the founding of the Arab League on March 22, 1945, as the oldest regional organization in the world to be established after the First World War.
The Jeddah summit is the 32nd regular summit and the third regular summit hosted by the Kingdom over the past 77 years.
The first ordinary Arab summit was held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in January 1964, while the last ordinary Arab summit, No. 31, took place in early November last year in Algeria