File Photo: Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Photo: Reuters)
Mauritania has confirmed its readiness to host the 27th Arab Summit expected to be held this April, Egypt's state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported.
Nabil El-Araby, secretary-general of the Arab League, announced the confirmation in a brief statement to reporters on Tuesday.
"The general secretariat of the Arab League received official notification from the government of Mauritania regarding its readiness to host the Arab summit," El-Araby said.
Mauritania suggested the summit be held in July, according to El-Araby, who added that the Mauritanian foreign minister is visiting Cairo next week to discuss the date of the summit.
Morocco was slated to host the Arab Summit in April, but Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar called El-Araby last Friday and informed him of his country's decision to "to give up its right to host the 27th summit," a statement issued by the Moroccan FM said.
"This summit will only be an occasion to take ordinary resolutions and deliver speeches that give a false impression of unity and solidarity between Arab states," the statement read.