Co-chaired by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attended a tripartite summit in April 2022 to address security challenges in the region.
Topics at the Cairo summit focused on a joint Arab response to regional crises, as well as ways to improve food and energy security.
The Cairo meeting came on the heels of a six-nation summit held in March 2022 in southern Israel that brought together the foreign ministers of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bahrain, Israel and the United States.
They discussed the Arab-Israeli normalization agreement, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Iranian nuclear program, and updates on related negotiations in Vienna. Several Egyptian commentators highlighted the regional interest in preventing Iran from using military proxies in places such as Syria to foment violence and disunity.
The foreign ministers agreed to strengthen relations and establish a permanent forum for the participating countries, with the possibility of leaving membership open to other countries interested in joining.
The UAE, represented by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also participated in a quadripartite summit in Aqaba, Jordan, in March 2022. The main participants were King Abdullah, Egyptian President el-Sisi and then-Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Sources: Al Khaleej Online, Elaph