EU – League of Arab States summit, 24-25 February 2019

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The first summit between the European Union and the Arab League was held on 24-25 February 2019, in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt).

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The summit was an opportunity for the EU and the League of Arab States (LAS) to strengthen ties and address a range of issues and common challenges (such as multilateralism, security and migration). Both sides also discussed the latest developments in the Arab world, including the Middle East Peace Process, and the situation in a set of specific countries.

A ministerial meeting between LAS and the EU was held ahead of this summit, which featured the heads of state and government.

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Euro|topics, February 2019: What has the EU-Arab League summit achieved?
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ECFR: Commentary, 15/02/2019: League and nations: Europe’s unity struggle at the Sharm El-Sheikh summit
EPRS: Briefing, February 2019: The first EU-Arab League summit: A new step in EU-Arab relations
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Deutsche Welle, 25/02/2019: EU and Arab League still searching for common ground
Robert Schuman Foundation: European Issue No 504, 25/02/2019: Migration at the heart of the EU-Arab League Summit
EurActiv, 27/02/2019: A divided EU and a divided Arab League put on a fragile show of unity
Foreign Policy, 03/03/2019: Europe Isn’t Realistic. It’s Weak.
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 09/05/2019: Can the EU and the League of Arab States develop closer relations? History suggests otherwise

Reuters, 22/02/2019: High turnout, low expectations for first EU-Arab summit
Cyprus Mail, 23/02/2019: Anastasiades off to Egypt for first-ever EU-Arab League Summit
Deutsche Welle, 24/02/2019: EU, Arab League forge connections at first desert summit
Euronews, 24/02/2019: Terrorism, migration central at first ever EU-Arab League summit
Al-Jazeera, 25/02/2019: EU-Arab League summit in Egypt is 'insignificant, ceremonial'
France24, 24/02/2019: First joint EU-Arab summit, an opportunity to protect against China and Russia
Reuters, 24/02/2019: Arab League, EU seek synchrony on regional crises in first summit
The Guardian, 25/02/2019: Theresa May pledges £200m to help victims of Yemen's civil war
Radio Poland, 24/02/2019: Polish PM at EU-Arab League summit in Egypt
RFI, 24/02/2019: EU, Arab League hold first summit, but no 'deal in the desert' for Brexit
Euronews, 25/02/2019: Both sides declare first EU-Arab League summit a success
Hungary Today, 25/12/2019: Orbán on EU-Arab League Summit: Causes of Tensions Triggered by Migration to Strengthen
Politico, 25/02/2019: EU, Arab leaders draw lines in the sand
Deutsche Welle, 25/02/2019: Terror, migration dominate EU and Arab League's first summit

European Council: Opening remarks by President Donald Tusk at the EU-LAS summit in Egypt, 24 February 2019
European Commission: Intervention du Président Jean-Claude Juncker à la séance d'ouverture du sommet Union européenne-Ligue des États arabes
Sharm El-Sheikh summit declaration, 25 February 2019
European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference after the EU-LAS summit in Egypt
European Commission: Remarques du Président Juncker à la conférence de presse avec le Président de l'Egypte Al-Sisi, le Président du Conseil européen Tusk et le Secrétaire général de la Ligue des Etats arabes Aboul Gheit, au sommet UE-Ligue des Etats arabes
European Commission: Press Release, 25/02/2019: EU – League of Arab States Summit: Boosting the Euro-Arab partnership and addressing global challenges together

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