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Doha: an Arab League summit with many questions
Iran’s growing regional power, the Arab position vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians as well as the international arrest warrant against Sudan president will be on the discussion table. Arab countries are trying to reach common positions on various issues but few experts expect them to reach actual decisions.
26/03/2008 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to boycott Damascus meeting
Syria is blamed for Lebanon’s presidential deadlock. Arab countries fear Iran’s growing influence.
05/03/2009 CHINA - SUDAN
China asks UN to suspend arrest warrant against Omar al-Bashir
Beijing is expressing fears that this could worsen the situation in Darfur. But for years, it has done nothing to prevent the genocide taking place, preferring to focus on its lucrative economic deals with Khartoum.
25/10/2006 QATAR ISRAEL
Israeli foreign minister invited to Qatar
The unprecedented move is part of broader efforts by moderate Arab countries to push forward the peace process in the region. Israel has not responded yet.
21/06/2007 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Fallout from Palestinian crisis to be discussed at four-party summit next Monday
Egypt, which took the summit initiative, will be joined by the PNA, Israel and Jordan. Abbas’ aides demand the meeting lead to concrete results. Tzipi Livni and Salam Fayyad make first phone contact.
18/02/2009 CHINA - SUDAN
China hails agreement between Sudan and Darfur rebel group
The Chinese press calls it the beginning of a true reconciliation. Comments from other countries are much more cautious. Dispute continues at United Nations between those who want to try the Sudanese president for genocide and those who, like Beijing, do not want direct interventions.
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