Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelensky and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are attending the Arab League meeting on Friday.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed both leaders for the 32ndsummit.
Some context: Assad is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies globally and has been backed militarily by Putin during the Syrian civil war.
Earlier this month, Arab nations agreed tore-admit Syria into the Arab Leaguedespite repeated objections from the United States to ending the more than decade-long isolation of a regime that it holds accountable for the deaths of more than 300,000 civilians anddisplacement of millionsin the country’s civil war.
CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Laura Paddison contributed to this post.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is capping a frenetic week of diplomacy with visits to Saudi Arabia on Friday and to the G7 summit in Japan this weekend, in a stark display of confidence as Ukraine’s wartime leader tries to harness as much support as possible in anticipation of his forces’ counteroffensive.
Here are the latest developments:
- Zelensky attends Arab League summit: Zelensky arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to attend the Arab League summit, where he will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, among others. Zelensky said his priority was “the return of … occupied territories” and “the presentation of our peace formula.”
- Next, the G7: Zelensky will then travel to Hiroshima, Japan, on Saturday, in order to attend the G7 summit in person on Sunday, according to sources. It will be his first visit to Asia since Moscow launched its full-scale assault on Ukraine last February. It was initially thought that Zelensky would address the conference virtually, but his visit will aim to spur further support from Ukraine’s Western allies.
- New sanctions: On the first morning of the three-day summit, G7 countries announced further sanctions on Russia and “reaffirmed” their commitment to oppose Moscow’s “illegal, unjustifiable and unprovoked” war in Ukraine. The new sanctions will target “exports of industrial machinery, tools and other technology that Russia uses to rebuild its war machine,” a statement issued from the summit said.
- Ukraine's counteroffensive: While Zelenksy’s message could hardly be clearer on the diplomatic stage, on other matters he is more coy. He hinted Thursday that his military’s brigades are gearing up for Ukraine’s long-anticipated counteroffensive, but again offered no concrete information. The confusion surrounding the counteroffensive may be part of the plan.
- Grain deal: Global wheat prices fell after Ukraine and Russia agreed to extend a deal allowing grain to be exported from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. But Moscow renewed threats to let the deal expire if Western powers do not meet its demands to lift certain sanctions.
- Accounting error: The Biden administration made an accounting error in assessing the value of the military support that the US has given to Ukraine – freeing up approximately $3 billion more in aid, multiple congressional and administrative officials told CNN. Those additional funds will likely mitigate the need for Congress to pass an additional support package before the end of the fiscal year in September.
- Military aid: Long-range Storm Shadow missiles provided to Ukraine by Britain have been used in the war, the UK defense minister has said. Meanwhile, the US has signaled to European allies in recent weeks that it would allow them to export F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has visited the Russian-occupied portion of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, which Russia considers to have annexed, Moscow has said.
“In the course of working in the zone of the special military operation, the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, inspected the forward command post of one of the formations of the Vostok group of troops in the Zaporizhzhia direction,” the defense ministry said in a statement.
It is unclear when the reported trip took place. The defense ministry released a video of Shoigu walking in an underground bunker, speaking with commanders, and awarding medals.
“The high awards are a high appreciation of your military work,” Shoigu says in the video. “Thank you for this. I hope you will continue to faithfully serve our country, for the benefit of its people. Congratulations, and take care of yourself.”
Some context: Zaporizhzhia, a region in southeastern Ukraine, is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power station. The plant’s position close to the front lines means shelling in the surrounding towns and near the facility is common, according to local reports.
More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from front line areas in the Zaporizhzhia region, according to a member of the Russian-installed main council of the military-civilian administration, Vladimir Rogov, earlier this month.
The evacuations are taking place amidst fears around the “very real nuclear safety and security risks facing the plant,” according to International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Grossi.
There are currently no “substantive” discussions on arms control between the Russian and United States governments, the Kremlin’s spokesperson said on Friday.
“At the moment, we can only state with regret that there are no serious, substantive contacts on these issues between Moscow and Washington,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
According to Peskov, the limited remaining components of the international legal framework on nuclear arms control are rapidly eroding.
“The situation is lamentable,” he said. “And the responsibility for this lamentable situation lies entirely with Washington.”
Some context: The New START nuclear arms treaty puts limits on the number of deployed intercontinental-range nuclear weapons that both the US and Russia can have. It was last extended in 2021 and lasts for five years.
Peskov’s comments were made in relation to a proposal by a number of US Senate Republicans, made public on Thursday, to have the US exit the New START treaty. Senator Tom Cotton, who introduced the proposal, said in a press statement that the treaty has “handcuffed America,” while Russia has been able to repeatedly breach its terms.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in February that Russia was suspending its participation in the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, stating that “Washington must show political will, make conscientious efforts for a general de-escalation and create conditions for the resumption of the full functioning of the Treaty and, accordingly, comprehensively ensuring its viability.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will travel in person to Japan for theGroup of Seven (G7) summit, according to sources, a stark display of confidence and Western solidarity as Ukraine’s wartime leader tries to keep crucial support from allied nations flowing.
Zelensky's expected trip to Hiroshima for the summit follows his attendance at the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday, topping a frenetic week of diplomacy.
Earlier this week, Zelensky completed a whirlwind European tour, where he made a bid to restock Ukraine’s military arsenal during stops in Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
It comes as Kyiv is preparing a highly anticipated counteroffensive against Russia and building pressure on partner governments for more military aid amid intensifying aerial attacks.
His travels also send a signal of a confident and well-connected Ukraine that contrasts sharply with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who has become increasingly isolated and cut off in recent months.
Members of the G7 plan to discuss the provision of fighter jets for Ukraine during the summit in Japan on Friday, the president of the European Council said during a press conference.
“In terms of fighter jets, you have seen probably that some countries have announced a coalition in order to start training for pilots. This is a topic today with the United States and with the other partners,” Charles Michel said Friday.
Michel was responding to a reporter who asked about the Biden administration signaling to European allies that it would allow them to export F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, as CNN reported Thursday.
Administration officials are not aware, CNN reported, of any formal requests by any allies to export F-16s, and State Department officials who would normally be tasked with the paperwork to approve such third-party transfers have not been told to get to work, officials said.
A handful of European countries have a supply of the US-made F-16s, including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, who have signaled a willingness to export some of the jets to Ukraine. But the US would have to approve that third party transfer because of the jets' sensitive US technology.
“We are in close coordination with our partners, with our allies, in order to have a common approach in terms of military support for Ukraine,” Michel said. “Today we have the occasion to discuss this topic.”
“And we’ll assess what’s the level of the additional support that will be needed. It’s very clear that Ukraine needs more military equipment. It’s why on the EU side we have decided to put in place a system in order to increase the level of provision of ammunition. And we need to speed up our efforts.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab League summit, he announced on Telegram.
“I have arrived in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “I will speak at the Arab League summit. I will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and hold other bilateral talks.”
“Our priorities are the return of all political prisoners of Crimea and the temporarily occupied territories, the return of all prisoners and illegally deported persons, the presentation of our peace formula, the implementation of which should involve as many states as possible, and the guarantee of energy security next winter,” he said.
“Another priority is to protect the Muslim community of Ukraine. Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, is with us. Crimea was the first to suffer from the Russian occupation, and most of those who are being repressed in occupied Crimea are Muslims.”
This weekend, the Ukrainian leader is expected to travel in person to Japan for the Group of Seven (G7) summit, as hetries to keep crucial support from allied nations flowing to Kyiv.
Officials have declined to say exactly when Zelensky would arrive in Hiroshima or detail his travel arrangements. He has been traveling outside his country more as the war grinds onward, including a tour of Europe last week.
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries have agreed to impose further sanctions on Russia and have "reaffirmed" their commitment to stand against Moscow's "illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked" war in Ukraine.
The further sanctions and measures are intended "to increase the costs to Russia and those who are supporting its war effort," and build on efforts to "ensure that Russia is no longer able to weaponize the availability of energy," the G7 leaders said in a statement issued from the G7 summit in Hiroshima.
"We will broaden our actions to ensure that exports of all items critical to Russia’s aggression including those used by Russia on the battlefield are restricted across all our jurisdictions,” the statement said.
This will include “exports of industrial machinery, tools, and other technology that Russia uses to rebuild its war machine," the statement continued. Key sectors that will be targeted include manufacturing, construction, and transportation as well as business services.
Leaders said they "remain committed" to upholding the price caps on Russian oil and petroleum products and will enhance efforts "to counter evasion of these caps while avoiding spillover effects and maintaining global energy supply."
G7 leaders also renewed their commitment to provide "the financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support Ukraine requires for as long as it takes," echoing previous vows of support for Kyiv.
"Our support for Ukraine will not waver. We will not tire in our commitment to mitigate the impact of Russia’s illegal actions on the rest of the world," the statement said.
Furthermore, leaders underlined that peace "cannot be realized without the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops and military equipment," and reiterated that threats by Russia of nuclear weapon use are "inadmissible."
The European Union has called on China to "press Russia to stop its military aggression," the president of the EU Council said Friday.
Speaking before the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Charles Michel also stressed the importance of strengthening the bloc’s relations with Beijing, saying that a “stable and constructive relation with China is in our mutual interest.”
However, Michel added the EU will remain "firm" on its values and will promote its interests.
Michel stressed the "need to engage together with China on global challenges: climate change, conservation of natural resources; biodiversity; debt sustainability,” given its role in the international community and its expansive economy.
“China has a special responsibility in the world. It has to play by international rules. And we call on China to press Russia to stop its military aggression," Michel said.
"We will keep voicing our concerns on human rights whether it is in Hong Kong, in Xinjiang or in Tibet. We will not tolerate interferences in our countries that would undermine our democratic societies," he added.
Michel added that the EU will work to “reduce our over dependencies” on China and “create a true level playing field for our companies and for our workers.”
He also restated the bloc's commitment to its “One China policy” on Taiwan, adding that there was “no unilateral change of the status quo” on the EU side.
Russia's prime minister is due to visit China next week for trade talks, Moscow said on Friday.
Zelensky announced Friday he has kicked off a visit to Saudi Arabia, aiming to “enhance bilateral relations and Ukraine's ties with the Arab world.”How many members are there in the Arab League? ›
The official language of the Arab League and its 22 member states is Arabic.What is the purpose of the Arab League? ›
The League of Arab States (LAS) shares a common mission with the United Nations (UN): promoting peace, security and stability by preventing conflict, resolving disputes and acting in a spirit of solidarity and unity.Who founded the Arab League? › Why is Kiev important for Russia? ›
During the Russian industrial revolution in the late 19th century, Kiev became an important trade and transportation center of the Russian Empire, specializing in sugar and grain export by railroad and on the Dnieper river.Why is the Red Cross in Ukraine? ›
The Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) is helping people maintain their livelihoods as well as providing psychological support. In areas where access to healthcare services is limited, volunteers and staff provide first aid training, operate mobile health teams, and raise awareness of health risks in communities.What is the poorest country in the Arab League? ›
The country with the highest GDP per capita is Qatar, at $114,789 (PPP), IMF PPP per capita or US$84,514 (nominal). Somalia has the lowest, with a nominal GDP per capita of US$5499.96 or $1,299.96 (PPP). Therefore, Qatar's nominal GDP per capita is around 156 times as high as that of Somalia.Which country is the largest in Arab League? ›
The founding members were Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan (entering under the name of Transjordan), and Yemen (which from 1967 was generally known under the name North Yemen). 1953 – Libya joins the Arab League two years after independence.What human rights does the Arab League have? ›
It provides for a number of traditional human rights, including the right to liberty and security of persons, equality of persons before the law, protection of persons from torture, the right to own private property, freedom to practice religious observance and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
Sunni Muslims constitute vast majority of the Arab world's residents. However, Shi'a make up the slight majority in areas of Iraq and Bahrain. Christianity is the second largest religion, with over 20 million Christians living in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan.Why was Egypt kicked out of the Arab League? ›
Suspensions. Egypt was suspended from the Arab League on 26 March 1979 due to the Egypt–Israel peace treaty. In 1987, Arab League states restored diplomatic relations with Egypt, the country was readmitted to the League in May 1989 and the League's headquarters were moved back to Cairo in September 1990.Does the Arab League have a military? ›
The Arab League as an organization has no military force, like the United Nations or the European Union, but in the 2007 summit, the Leaders decided to reactivate their joint defense and establish a peacekeeping force to deploy in South Lebanon, Republic of Iraq, South Sudan, Federal Republic of Ethiopia, and other hot ...Is Israel in the Arab League? ›
As of 2021, only six of the twenty-two members of the Arab League have recognized Israel: Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.Can you drink the tap water in Kiev? ›
Generally speaking, tap water in Kiev is not bad. It is perfectly fine to brush your teeth with it, like anywhere else across Ukraine. Certainly, you don't have to worry about bacterial contamination, but you still need to get rid of chemicals, chlorine, and any heavy metals.Was Kiev founded by the Vikings? ›
According to the traditional account presented in The Russian Primary Chronicle, it was founded by the Viking Oleg, ruler of Novgorod from about 879. In 882 he seized Smolensk and Kiev, and the latter city, owing to its strategic location on the Dnieper River, became the capital of Kievan Rus.When did Poland lose Kiev? ›
|Kiev Offensive (1920)|
|Date 25 April – July 1920 Location Ukraine Result Polish takeover of Kiev, followed by a Red Army counter-offensive and Polish withdrawal|
|Poland Ukrainian People's Republic||Russian SFSR Ukrainian SSR|
|Commanders and leaders|
The United States has given the most in grants, valued at 25 billion euros ($26.5 billion).Where is the safest place to go in Ukraine during war? ›
The towns in the Ukrainian Carpathian region, such as Kolomyya and Kosiv, are the safest destination in Ukraine. Other Western Ukrainian towns, including Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Chernivtsi, are also risk free for tourists.Is American Red Cross in Ukraine? ›
Red Cross teams have also assisted more than 1.8 million people with access to emergency shelter and helped more than 800,000 people with migration support. The global Red Cross network also has improved access to water for nearly 11 million people in Ukraine.
Qatar, Middle East – Qatar is currently the wealthiest country in the Arab World (based on GDP per capita).Which Middle Eastern country is the most free? ›
The level of democracy in nations throughout the world published by Freedom House and in various other freedom indices, report the Middle Eastern and North African countries with the highest scores are Israel, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan and Kuwait.Why is Brazil in the Arab League? ›
Brazil was admitted as an observer to the Arab League in 2002 or 2003. The country has a strong Arab heritage, with over 11 million inhabitants of Arabic descent, many of them from Lebanon. The first Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) was held in Brazil in May 2005, with 34 countries attending.Is Iran Arab or Persian? ›
With the exception of various minority ethnic groups in Iran (one of which is Arab), Iranians are Persian.Is the Arab League successful? ›
Over its 75-year history, the 22-member League of Arab States (LAS) has declined as an organization—from one that represents and pushes for collective, purposeful, and effective Arab action to a mere façade of ineffectual institutions that reflect the prevalent disunity in the Arab world.Who is considered Arab? ›
Who is an Arab? Arab is an ethno-linguistic category, identifying people who speak the Arabic language as their mother tongue (or, in the case of immigrants, for example, whose parents or grandparents spoke Arabic as their native language). Arabic is a Semitic language, closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic.Are Egyptians Arabs? ›
The Egyptians are not Arabs, and both they and the Arabs are aware of this fact. They are Arabic-speaking, and they are Muslim—indeed religion plays a greater part in their lives than it does in those either of the Syrians.What were the 3 main reasons why the Arab League was formed? ›
The aims of the league in 1945 were to strengthen and coordinate the political, cultural, economic, and social programs of its members and to mediate disputes among them or between them and third parties.Is The Arab League as effective as the EU? ›
Similar in their objectives, these two organizations have not been equally successful. While the European Union can be considered today as one of the major players on the international scene, the role of the Arab League remains, at the very least, marginal.How many states are in the Arab League? ›
The Arab League is an alliance of states that currently has 22 member states in Northern Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula, which belongs geographically to Asia. All member countries together cover an area of 13.15 million km² (8.7% of the world's inhabitable area).
Founded in March 1945, the League of Arab States (or Arab League) is a loose confederation of twenty-two Arab nations whose broad mission is to improve coordination among its members on matters of common interest.Which Arab country has the best human rights? ›
The UAE has been ranked in the top 15 globally for its record on human rights, well ahead of its neighbours in the Gulf region.Who leads the Arab League? ›
Saudi Arabia holds the rotating presidency of the Arab League at a time when the kingdom's ascendancy as an economic and political powerhouse, combined with its religious significance as the birthplace of Islam, is unmatched in the region.What was the ideology of Arab League? ›
The Arab League is a political organization aiming to help integrate its members economically, and solve in-between conflicts without asking for foreign aid. It possesses elements of a state representative parliament, while issues of foreign affairs are usually dealt under the United Nations supervision.Are Arab Americans Christians? ›
While the majority of the population of the Arab world is Muslim, most Arab Americans, are Christian. Furthermore, the majority of Arab American Christians are Catholic.
Copts. Chaldean Catholics. Assyrians. Levantine Arabs. Armenians in the Middle East.Which country has the most Arab Christians? ›
Lebanon. Lebanon holds the largest proportion of Christians in the Arab world proportionally and falls behind only Egypt and Syria in absolute numbers.Which Arab countries are against Israel? ›
Among Arab belligerents in the conflict, Iraq and Syria are the only states who have reached no formal peace accord or treaty with Israel, both however turning to support Iran.Which Arab League countries recognize Israel? ›
Israel maintains full diplomatic relations with two of its Arab neighbours, Egypt and Jordan, after signing peace treaties in 1979 and 1994 respectively. In 2020, Israel signed agreements establishing diplomatic relations with four Arab League countries, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco.What are the benefits of the Arab League? ›
Through agreements for joint defense, economic cooperation, and free trade, among others, the league helps its member countries to coordinate government and cultural programs to facilitate cooperation and limit conflict.
1. Qatar. Taking first place among the safest countries in the Middle East, Qatar has ranked 23rd in the Global Peace Index in 2022, with a score of 1,533, taking 6 steps up at once.What countries can join the Arab League? ›
It currently has 22 member states; Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordon, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.Is Syria suspended from the Arab League? ›
The Arab League therefore threatened to suspend Syria's membership of the League if it wouldn't execute the peace plan before 16 November. On 16 November, the Arab League formally suspended Syria's membership of the League.Does Saudi Arabia support Israel or Palestine? ›
A charter member of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia has supported Palestinian rights to sovereignty, and called for withdrawal from the West Bank and other territory occupied by Israel since 1967.Are there Arabs on the Israeli football team? ›
a clear trend marks the growing presence of Arabs on the Israeli national team. In the 2018–2019 Nations Cup Games campaign, 8 of the 22 players on Israel's national team were from the minority sector.How many Arab countries are around Israel? ›
North of the Arabian Peninsula are three Arab states that surround Israel: Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Each country possesses its own unique physical and cultural geography.Who are the 22 members of Arab League? ›
Currently it gathers 22 Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria*, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.How big is the Arab League? ›
The Arab League is an alliance of states that currently has 22 member states in Northern Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula, which belongs geographically to Asia. All member countries together cover an area of 13.15 million km² (8.7% of the world's inhabitable area).How many Arab players are in the NBA? ›
Even with all the international influx of talent in the league the last two decades, no Muslim Arab has played an NBA game since Egyptian-born Duke center Alaa Abdelnaby finished his career in the league in 1995.How many countries are in Arab? ›
The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Today, the Arab League has 22 members, including three African countries among the largest by area (Sudan, Algeria and Libya) and the largest country in Western Asia (Saudi Arabia).Is Israel part of Arab League? ›
As of 2021, only six of the twenty-two members of the Arab League have recognized Israel: Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.What US city has the largest Arab population? ›
The city has the largest proportion of Arab Americans in the United States. As of 2006 Dearborn has the largest Lebanese American population in the United States.What is the strongest Arab football team? ›
|Organising body||UAFA FIFA (from 2021)|
|Number of teams||16 (finals)|
|Current champions||Algeria (1st title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Iraq (4 titles)|
Taken as a whole, there are eleven current NBA players who are from Hispanic countries. For accuracy, we have also included Brazil, who are not strictly speaking Hispanic, but do fall under the Latino umbrella.Which country has the most players in the NBA? ›
- Canada – 34 players. Canada has the most players so far who played in the NBA. ...
- France – 30 players. Following Canada in the list is the European powerhouse, France, which had 30 players in the NBA. ...
- Australia – 16 players. ...
- Serbia – 14 players. ...
- Spain – 13 players.
As of the 2022–23 season, Canada has produced the most foreign NBA players, with 61. From European countries, France has produced 42 players, and Serbia has produced 30. From Oceania, Australia has produced 33 players while New Zealand has produced 3 players.What is the largest Arab country in the world by population? ›
The most populous Arab state is Egypt, the North African nation with a population of 109 million residents. Comoros, the Indian Ocean nation is the least populated, with around 821,625 inhabitants.Did Arabs come from Africa? ›
The Arabian Peninsula was the initial site of the out-of-Africa migrations that occurred between 125,000 and 60,000 yr ago, leading to the hypothesis that the first Eurasian populations were established on the Peninsula and that contemporary indigenous Arabs are direct descendants of these ancient peoples.