Several Egyptian political experts have highlighted the importance of timing of the tripartite summit at which the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi participated along with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan held in Cairo.
In remarks, Amr Hashim Rabie, of Cairo’s Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said “The summit came at an important time, especially as it dealt with a number of developmental, economic, political and security issues, most notably in combating terrorism.”
Moreover, Hossam Al-Omda, a member of Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed with Rabie that the timing of the summit was highly significant.
Omda went on saying that the escalating events currently happening in the region, especially in neighboring Syria, with the defeat of ISIS and US government recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and increasing tensions in Gaza, should be taken into consideration.
During the summit, the three leaders issued a joint statement stressing the importance of working with the rest of the Arab world to restore stability in, and find solutions to, ongoing crises in Palestine, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
They also expressed hope that the upcoming Arab League summit in Tunisia could provide a springboard for action on these conflicts, and that the assembled nations might agree a framework around which to share the burden of reconstructing the countries in question.
The statement also stressed the necessity of fighting terrorism in all its forms and confronting those who support it.
Both Sisi and Mahdi also agreed to restart bilateral committees between Cairo and Baghdad which had not been held since 2002, shortly before the invasion of Iraq by a US-led coalition in 2003