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Zelenskyy arrives at Arab League summit, as Saudi Arabia flexes diplomatic muscle

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Zelensky attends Arab League ConferenceUkraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made a previously unannounced visit to the Arab League Summit as his host, Saudi Arabia, flexes its diplomatic muscle.

The annual summit — whose critics often slam it as a staid, dysfunctional and toothless event — has gotten a shot in the arm this year, not just by the Ukrainian leader's surprise appearance, but by the attendance of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the first time in over a decade.

Following Zelenskyy's tour of Europe last week, the Ukrainian leader spoke at the Arab summit as part of a broader pitch to firm up global support for his country against Russia's almost 15-month-long invasion.

And Syria's return to the Arab League this year reflects a much larger realignment shaping the region after Saudi Arabia and Iran restored diplomatic ties in a deal brokered by China.

In a region gripped by diverging interests and multiple armed conflicts, it's significant to see Arab leaders sitting in a circle — literally — and listening to one another.



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