CAIRO: Arab states’ ministers of foreign affairs are scheduled to meet Sunday at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, the League’s first meeting since recent diplomatic rifts with Qatar.
The ministers are scheduled to discuss a number of regional issues, including the Syrian crisis and Palestinian statehood, yet the talks have been prefaced by diplomatic conflicts this week in the Arab Gulf – as Egypt announced its ambassador would not return to Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Doha on March 5 in protest against Qatar policies.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia this week officially listed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, following Egypt’s outlaw of Hamas institutions, shutting down its foreign offices and freezing funds to affiliated organizations.
It is expected that Qatar’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attivah will not attend the League meeting, with Qatari Ambassador to Cairo in his stead.
One of the priority issues in the meeting’s agenda will likely be preparations for the Arab Summit on March 25 and 26 in Kuwait, in addition to topics regarding Palestine and Syria.
Originally published in Youm7.