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Business Recorder: EU-Arab summit set for February 24-25 in Egypt

European Union and Arab leaders will meet in Egypt in late February for their first summit as part of efforts to forge a new European-African alliance
19.10.18 | Interesting article at Business Recorder

European Union and Arab leaders will meet in Egypt in late February for their first summit as part of efforts to forge a new European-African alliance and fight migrant smuggling, officials said Thursday.

European leaders first mentioned the summit in Austria last month as they vowed to intensify talks with Egypt and other North African countries to curb illegal migration.

“The European Council welcomes the holding of the forthcoming first summit between the 28 EU Member States and the League of Arab States, hosted by Egypt on 24-25 February 2019,” the council of EU leaders said after a summit in Brussels.

The Cairo-based Arab League includes North African countries Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco as well as those in the Middle East and Gulf.

EU officials insisted the summit was about more than just migration, but part of a broader push to build closer ties with Africa outlined by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September.

“It is now much more than about migration and fighting traffickers,” an EU official told reporters.

Juncker urged the EU to strike a “new alliance” with Africa that would create millions of jobs and include a free trade deal.