After receiving Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrived in the United Arab Emirates for a consultation and coordination visit on the latest developments in the region, the Egyptian presidency announced.
Al Sisi arrived in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to meet Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his visit comes “in the context of the specificity of Egyptian-Emirati relations”, according to his services.
Officially, the purpose of this trip is to discuss bilateral relations, but it is also about “consultations” and “coordination” on the latest developments in the region. It is mainly in the wake of the official visit of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to Cairo, which lasted 48 hours and ended just a few hours before.
“The current phase requires confronting attempts to destabilize the security and stability of Arab countries,” the statement from the Egyptian presidency said.
The Algerian president and his diplomacy have increased travel to convince Arab states to come to Algiers for the Arab League Summit. The member countries of the organization strongly doubt the good intentions of the Algerian regime.
While the Gulf countries have opened a new page of understanding and peace with Israel, on the side of Algeria, criticism has flared. In recent months, the Maghreb country has multiplied incendiary attacks targeting countries that have normalized their relations with the Jewish state, and poses as the “main” support of the Palestinians, adopting a logic of opposing camp.
Faced with the reluctance of the most influential countries within the Arab League to respond favorably to Algeria’s invitation, the Arab organization had to go to Algiers to announce the postponement of the Summit initially scheduled for March, without specifying new date.
The League also announced that it will be the Member States who will decide on the program of the Summit in April, when in November the Algerian President presented his roadmap for this meeting.
In difficulty, Algeria, which was seeking to restore its image by organizing this event, risks losing this opportunity and, moreover, risks public humiliation.
The Arab states have doubts about Algeria’s ability to represent the spirit of “Arab union” sought by the League, especially after the attacks against countries that have normalized their relations with Israel and after having broken diplomatic relations with its neighbour, Morocco, while refusing all offers of mediation from Arab countries.
After failing to convince the United Arab Emirates, the Algerian president had to travel to Egypt, the country where the headquarters of the Arab League is located, in order to convince him to go and plead his case. It will have taken 2 days of negotiations, of agreements on subjects of divergences, to convince Al Sisi.