Mediterranean summit canceled after Arabs refuse to sit with Lieberman

Mediterranean summit can

October 26, 2009 16:24

A summit of Mediterranean states planned to be held in Istanbul in November was canceled on Monday after Egypt and other Arab states refused to sit round the same table with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. France, which initiated the summit, considered inviting heads of state rather than foreign ministers, but eventually the summit was canceled altogether. Foreign Ministry sources told Army Radio that it was "a shame that Egypt is serving as a negative influence in the region, by turning a meeting intended to benefit it and other states in the area into a political issue; in this way, Cairo is both harming itself and angering the Europeans."

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