Saudi Arabia supports a request by Egypt to host the upcoming Arab-European summit, expected to be held during the first quarter of 2018, state-run MENA news agency reported on Thursday.
Riyadh's ambassador to Egypt and permanent representative at the Arab League Ahmed Kattan said the Saudi move came per the directive of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu El-Ghiet agreed with EU foreign ministers during a recent meeting on the necessity of implementing mechanisms of cooperation agreed upon during a meeting of EU and Arab FMs in December 2016 in Luxembourg.
The last major summit of EU and Arab League foreign ministers was held in 2008 in Malta, gathering 49 foreign ministers and representatives from 27 European states and 22 Arab states.
The summit resulted in the Malta Communique resolution, which established Arab-European cooperation within a strategic political framework, especially on issues related to the Middle East.