Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today welcomes the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Bahrain and Jordan, for a summit dedicated to regional and international developments.
In addition to Sisi, the five-day meeting that will be held in El Alamein is attended by the president of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed, the prime minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kazimi, the king of Jordan, Abdullah II, and the king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
According to the “Al Ahram” newspaper, the agenda of the meeting includes “energy and food security” issues.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the price of cereals, especially wheat, broke all records. That increase is causing problems for some countries, such as Egypt, which depend “at least 30 percent on Ukraine and Russia” for wheat imports, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The five Arab leaders will also discuss the issue of “water security” and the “Renaissance Dam”. Ethiopia recently announced that it has completed the 3rd phase of filling this massive dam on the Nile, despite protests from Sudan and Egypt, who are concerned about their water supply.
The Middle East and issues related to Libya, Syria and Yemen are also on the agenda of the meeting. Of the five countries, only Iraq has not yet normalized its relations with Israel.
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