Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s participation in the Arab Summit in Jeddah surprised the international community, resonating in decision-making capitals and international forums across the world.
It showcased Saudi Arabia’s remarkable diplomatic boldness at a time of intense global polarisation. The 32nd Arab Summit demonstrated the Kingdom's ability to undertake balanced and targeted initiatives, reaffirming its pivotal role in the Middle East and the greater world.
Zelensky arrived in Saudi Arabia from Poland on a French government plane.
The specific details of Paris's involvement in setting up his role in Jeddah remained undisclosed, but Élysée Palace sources hinted that it followed on from his "significant" participation in the G7 meeting in Japan. He travelled to Japan on the same plane that took him to Jeddah.
Zelensky’s appearance was heralded around the world’s political and media circles as a successful diplomatic coup, orchestrated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the summit's host.