“We will now make all efforts to translate them (recommendations) into reality.” This was stated by King Abdullah of Jordan in his closing remarks at the 28th Arab Summit on March 29, 2017.
The summit was an opportunity to showcase a united front for a region marred in conflict. With all the internal violence in the Arab world, the presence of sixteen Arab leaders at the summit – the rest of the member states were represented by high-ranking officials – was ranked by many as a success. Special Representative for the Russian President and Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov was also in attendance as was the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria were also present.