Following the conversion of plans for a European Union top and Arab League last year, it was considered the start of new friendship throughout the Mediterranean. What a few months ago has been doing.
The EU hopes that better relations with Arab neighbors will help its policies, especially its goal of illegal immigration campaigns from the Middle East and North Africa.
But after a journalist in Saudi consulate murdered last October, there are European officials who help to do so; Prepared for the 24-25th festival in Egypt saying they are now focusing specifically on & # 39; limit the amount.
"They intend to treat them for red-kicking and begin to engage with them, see what we can do on migration," said one European diplomat. "But now we are in an unlucky place as some of them are [Arab League] not the best national directors. "
For nearly three weeks to go before the summit, EU leaders have not yet confirmed their involvement.
There was a lower level meeting of the Arab League and EU foreign ministers to try to set up a agenda for its & Top ended Monday in Brussels without agreement on statement.
As its European main exhibitor, Federica Mogherini, explaining a news conference why they did not agree, his joint chairman, Secretary of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Geit, sent her.
"There were more problems in Europe than a Arab side," said Aboul Gheit. In a relaxed but friendly public statement of disagreement, Mogherini returned: "I said the other thing."
The EU wants to focus at the end of this month on migration, but that is a great place where the EU member states agree strongly among themselves. Hungary, a hard-shaped anti-immigrant format, has decided on Monday on the subject.
"This conference has been very difficult to organize, find a date, no one wants this," said another European Union official about the high level lectures later on This month. "For the EU, it's about migration, but there are so many other topics that people would not like to deal with."
Saudi, Sudan and Syria
A major change in European-Arab relations in recent months has been to fall into a global position of a wealthy and powerful Arab leader, Prince of Wales. Crown Mohammed bin Salman.
The Western relationship with Saudi Arabia – the largest exports of the world of oil and the second largest weapon – has been linked to granite to the Arab world for decades.
But the de facto regulator has been swept away since the US-based Jamal Khashoggi journalist was killed at Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. First, Riyadh left to kill the killing, and then brought related accounts. He now accepts that his agents killed him but he says that there was nothing at his command.
Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, arrived on a Monday morning in Brussels and, Speaking as if there was a lot of change: the challenges were "common" as opposing the face of sovereignty and terrorism, "he said. "There are also major offers related to trade and investment."
But they have never been a relative. Attending a ceremony with a prince to & # 39; fiscal, it is difficult for some of the European leaders who were already arrested by unlocked right-wing agencies at a G-20 business meeting in November, said European sources.
And not the Prince of Crown Mohammed is the only host that could be so sad for the EU. In the last few weeks, the Arab states have shown equality with the Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who has faced the most consistent exhibitions at home at 30 years in power.
Bashir, who wants an International Criminal Court in Hague, is calling for independent war crimes for some of the European.
"We do not just deal with it, but we'll deal with the Sudan," said the EU official. "They could send someone else."
An host who is still more unfavorable to the European will not be invited to this end, but may be at the same time in the future: Bashar al-Assad Syria.
Assad has struggled to be a long-standing case in which European countries agree with the main Arab states, which detained Damascus from the Arab League in 2011. But for the future of Assad -the only preserved by Russian and Iranian forces, some Arab countries have a Syria. Most EU countries are not ready to restore it.
"We are not in a position today to renew a normal relationship with Syria," said the Foreign Minister of Belgium, Didier Reynders, Monday.
However, Austria and the Czech Republic are more appropriate, and hopefully that renewable connections with Assad will help Syrian refugees return home.
"Preparations for the slowdown are slow, it's totally uncomfortable," said one European Union diplomat, but stressed that they had no plans to cite the whole thing . "There are plenty of unusual devices to avoid, as being sitting at one table with the Saudis, Bashir Sudan, or even Assad to return."