The first Arab summit since the start of the pandemic has been postponed again due to rising coronavirus cases around the world.
The League of Arab States said it was postponing its annual summit scheduled for March 22 in Algiers due to pandemic-related cancellations two years after COVID-19.
The last Arab League summit was held in Tunisia in March 2019.
“Every year, the summit is held in March, but this year it was delayed,” Hossam Zaki, assistant secretary-general of the pan-Arab group, said in a televised address Friday, a week after returning to Cairo from a visit. to Algiers.
Algeria “would prefer” to postpone the summit, Zaki added, noting that the required quorum of Arab leaders and senior officials could not be guaranteed due to the public health situation.
Zaki said Arab foreign ministers are expected to announce a new date for the summit at a meeting scheduled for March 9.
Zaki said there was “no political reason” behind the delay, but the time could be used to “improve the political climate in the region.”
No agenda was announced for this year’s summit, but the Arab world remains plagued by multiple conflicts and crises.