File Photo: Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (Reuters)
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail arrived in Mauritania to participate in the Arab League Summit that will be held for the first time in the country’s capital of Nouakchott, state owned MENA agency reported.
Ismail is heading Egypt's delegation in the summit that will be held between 26 and 27 July following a mandate from Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.
The reason for the Egyptian president's absence from the summit remains unknown.
Ismail is expected to deliver El-Sisi's speech in front of the 27th summit, which will host only a limited number of Arab leaders.
Ahead of his arrival in Mauritania, Ismail landed in Algeria where he met the country’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and several Algerian officials, according to an official statement by the Egyptian cabinet.
The two prime ministers exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of mutual interest as well as developing situations in the region.
According to media reports quoting the assistant secretary of the Arab League Ahmed Benhali, the fight against terrorism will be on the top of the agenda of issues that will be discussed by Arab leaders in the upcoming conference.