Ryadh — The 3rd Arab Economic and Social Summit opened works on Monday evening in Riyadh, with attendance of kings, presidents and leaders of several Arab states, including Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose country chaired the previous summit session, delivered an address to the opening session in which he notably stressed the need to speed up the setting up of an Arab common market in order to cope with the negative effects of globalisation and unemployment.
He highlighted the need to improve education, take special care of training, reinforce women's position in the development process, mobilise the necessary water resources to boost development and meet the increasing needs of citizens.
Then, the Egyptian President handed over the summit chairmanship to Saudi crown Prince Salman Ben Abdelaziz who emphasised in turn the importance of Arab joint action in the eradication of poverty, unemployment and disease and called for supporting the least developed Arab countries and increasing trade exchanges.
President Marzouki attended the opening session, escorted by a delegation including the Minister in charge of Economic and Social Issues, the Minister of Investment and International Co-operation and the Minister of Trade.
On the sidelines of the summit works, the President had talks with the Egyptian President and the Emir of Qatar about the situation in Mali and the three of them outlined "the dangerous repercussions of the security situation in Mali on the security and peace of the whole region."