Euro-Arab Summit: Saudi demands ignored by Europeans

As the Euro-Arab summit in Egypt ends on Monday, information sources have stated that the remarks of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were ignored in the final declaration.

The final session of the Arab-European Summit held today in Sharm el-Sheikh was marked by discussions on a published draft final declaration, ignoring the remarks of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that “Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have sent a proposal for the wording of the draft joint declaration of the Arab-European Summit. After the dialogue with the European side, we were satisfied with the current version.

Aboul Gheit did not specify the remarks of the three countries. However, some experts describe the Euro-Arab summit as a continuation of the Warsaw conference. In this vein, Iranian international expert Sabbah Zanganeh said that economic, migration and security issues were at the centre of discussions at the summit.

According to him, European leaders are concerned about the consequences of the American withdrawal from Syria and are looking for a solution to prevent a new security crisis and a new wave of immigration to Europe.

Referring to the attempt by some Arab countries in the Persian Gulf to add the issue of Iran to the summit agenda and its final declaration, Mr. Zanganeh said that Saudi Arabia and its allies were seeking to urge European countries to join anti-Iran efforts.

Comparing the Euro-Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh with the Warsaw conference led by the Trump administration, the Iranian expert concluded: “Given that Arab countries such as Iraq, Lebanon and Syria did not participate in the summit and that a country such as Qatar participated with a key representative, some Arab countries’ anti-Iranian attempts have remained fruitless.

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