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Press dismissive of Arab summit

On the final day of the Arab League summit in Algiers, newspapers across the Arab world express contempt for the proceedings.

With only 13 of the 22 Arab leaders in attendance, some accuse the Arab League of being "redundant" and Arab leaders of failing to advance the interests of their people.

While a Lebanese commentator accuses Arab leaders of being biased towards Syria, a Saudi paper blames Israel for "frustrating" the summit.

We have seen all this before at previous summits. Why this boring farce? Perhaps we should reiterate the slogan of the Egyptian opposition: enough is enough!

Commentary in Jordan's Al-Dustur

Given the differences among the leaders, it was no surprise that a majority of Gulf leaders stayed away. It was hoped that they would wake up to the developments that have taken place in the Arab world, but they were unable to do so.

Commentary in London's Al-Arab al-Alamiyah

Almost half the leaders are not attending, and those attending are doing so only to please Algeria. This leads us to conclude that the Arab summit is at a stage which precedes death.

London's Al-Quds al-Arabi

The Arab summit celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Arab League with songs and dancing. Only the songs and dances have changed over the past 60 years. Were the Arab leaders democratically elected, they would have been careful to defend their peoples' interests and would have known that the only way to save them is true Arab solidarity and not slogans.

Commentary in the Palestinian Al-Quds

I call on [Arab League President] Amr Moussa to resign so that the League collapses, because it has become redundant and no longer serves any crucial role, since the key decisions affecting Arabs are taken outside the Arab world.

Commentary in the Palestinian Al-Hayat al-Jadidah

This is another Arab summit with a serial number, but it's OK to ignore it. I do not think there's any great need to write about it.

Commentary in the Palestinian Al-Ayyam

The Algiers summit is another clear sign that the Arabs are more concerned about Syria than about Lebanon. The summit is not in the Lebanese people's interest. This is clearly reflected in the official and popular views in many Arab capitals from the time of [former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik] Hariri's assassination till today.

Commentary in Lebanon's Al-Safir

Israel has frustrated the Algiers summit by announcing its rejection of the 2002 Arab peace initiative. This is a clear example of Israel's inflexibility and lack of goodwill.

Saudi Arabia's Al-Watan

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