EU relations with the Arab states have also partially suffered over a Saudi-led war on Yemen - which has prompted sporadic protests from European states due to its huge civilian casualties - and the state-sponsored murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last October.
"This is the first time that leaders from European Union member states and the Arab League have come together in this format to discuss shared priorities".
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister of Comoros Mohamed El Amine Souef arrived Egypt to participate in the Arab-European summit. He did not meet May when she was in Brussels earlier the week for talks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and officials here do not expect a breakthrough when he sees her at 4:30pm on Sunday.
European Union and Arab League heads of state will gather today for the first time at the Euro-Mediterranean Summit in Egypt.
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"I expect that this summit will produce very important results to determine the priorities of cooperation between the two sides and coordinate positions on many issues, especially in worldwide arenas", the expert said.
Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said Arab nations needed to assert themselves.
An EU source said there will "be no deal in the desert" when asked if EU leaders would huddle together to explore ways to break the logjam over Britain's looming exit from the bloc on March 29.
During the meeting, strong historic relations and avenues of the bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly countries were reviewed, in addition to discussing several regional and global situations. May´s official position remains that the "simplest" way to agree a deal that would pass the British parliament would be to negotiate changes to the agreement.
Jihan Jado, an expert of European Affairs and member of the local council of Versailles, France, said the problem of refugees and illegal migration is one of the most important topics to be discussed at this summit.