The idea of a Latin American-Arab summit started 10 years ago thanks to Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president. However, until now only four summits have taken place, the last in Riyadh. There is a lot in common in the histories of Arab and Latin American countries. Both were subjected to harsh colonialism, and much of the colonial legacy and its memory continue to this day.
Many research centers in Latin America are dedicated to understanding the Arab world and the Middle East. In the Arab world there seems to be only one counterpart, in Lebanon.Abdullah Hamidaddin