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President to attend EU-League of Arab States summit

President Nicos Anastasiades will attend the EU-League of Arab States (LAS) summit taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on Sunday and Monday.

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said this is an important summit that will bring together heads of state or government from both sides for the first time. European Council president Donald Tusk will co-chair the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Prodromou said the aim of the summit is to strengthen relations between the Arab world and the EU and that the agenda of the meeting will include multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.

He stressed that Anastasiades attributes particular importance to relations between the EU and Arab countries and has promoted and supported particularly within the framework of the European Council organising this summit and the development of the European-Arab relations.

Prodromou said that due to its position and on the basis of the trilateral cooperation mechanisms developed in recent years and the broader upgrading of the relations of Cyprus with the Arab world, the island can play a particular role in the European-Arab relations to benefit security, stability and cooperation in our region.

In the framework of the summit Anastasiades is expected to hold bilateral meetings with heads of state or government from the Arab League.

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