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King to attend Arab economic summit in Riyadh

By JT - Jan 15,2013 - Last updated at Jan 15,2013

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah will participate in the third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit that will be held in Riyadh on January 21.

A Royal Court statement said His Majesty has received an invitation from Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to attend the two-day summit.

Several Arab leaders are scheduled to participate in the meetings.

The gathering is held under the umbrella of the Arab League “to develop joint Arab efforts and to support developmental issues in economic and social fields which were neglected due to the intense focus on political issues and crises”, according to the Saudi foreign ministry’s website.

“This summit is also an extension of joint Arab work on developing social and economic fields as well as enhancing and improving means of cooperation between Arab countries,” according to the website.

Summit goals include discussing investments in the Arab world, enhancing Arab economic cooperation and creating an economic base for supporting the region’s economies.

Twenty-one Arab countries have confirmed their plans to attend the summit, according to the Saudi foreign ministry.

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