Egypt Independent

Question mark over Mubarak attending Arab summit in Libya

President Hosni Mubarak will not attend the Arab Summit slated for 27 March in the Libyan city of Sert, as he will still be recuperating from a recent surgery, sources said.

Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, who has been serving as acting president in Mubarak’s absence, will most likely attend the summit on the president’s behalf, according to the same sources.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian representative to the Arab League confirmed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the summit despite minor injuries from slipping and falling in a hotel room in Amman, Jordan recently.

Libyan sources said President Muammar Qadhafi will work on Arab reconciliation during the summit, particularly with regard to easing tensions between Egypt and Syria and Qatar.

They also said Qadhafi will recommend amendments to the Arab League Charter whereby the secretary general of would report to the head of the summit, as is the practice in the African and European Unions.

Arab League representatives are preparing 27 issues for the summit to discuss, including a comprehensive Arab plan for Jerusalem. Israeli conduct in the city has caused much controversy in recent weeks.

Meanwhile in Triopli, Libya, a summit of Arab youths is underway, addressing the same issues that will be discussed at the Sert summit.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.