Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi received his official invitation to attend the next Arab League summit in Mauritania.
During his meeting with Mauritania’s justice minister and presidential envoy Ibrahim Weld Dadah, Al-Sisi praised the recent visit of Mauritanian president Mohammad Weld Abdul Aziz.
Al-Sisi also commended Mauritanian efforts to organise the next Arab League summit, saying that Egypt is ready to cooperate in this regard.
Last February, the Arab League announced Mauritania as the new host for the annual Arab Summit after Morocco withdrew from hosting it.
According to the Arab League charter, the next host country for the annual Arab Summit is arranged by alphabetical order of member countries. Egypt hosted the event in 2015 and was to be followed by Morocco in April 2016.
The summit meetings, which last for four days, aim to build a broad collaborative framework in which ministers inform one another of recommendations and proposed decisions of mutual diplomatic concern.
The 2015 conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh coincided with an emerging conflict in Yemen between Houthi militants and the government of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. During the summit, Hadi requested the support of Arab countries in his fight against Houthi forces.
A Saudi-led military coalition launched airstrikes against Houthi-held positions and restored Hadi’s government later in March 2015.
The next summit is expected to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, as nearly 5,700 people have been killed. Many of the casualties are civilians killed in airstrikes. Moreover, the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Palestine are expected to be topics on the summit’s discussion agenda.