Summit likely to expose Arab disunity in Syria crisis

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaking to an aide during the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League in Riyadh on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaking to an aide during the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League in Riyadh on Thursday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

There is no agreement about what the Arab League should do to end the war in Syria

The summit of leaders of Arab countries which takes place today in Saudi Arabia could not be more timely, coming just one day after the United States-led air strikes on Syria.

For the leaders of the Arab League - as the organisation which holds the summit is formally known - are given a perfect opportunity to showcase their unity, and take a fresh look at how they may bring about the conclusion of the seven-year Syrian war, which has already cost the lives of around half a million people, as well as displacing millions more.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Summit likely to expose Arab disunity in Syria crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe