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Arab and Latin American leaders arrive in Saudi Arabia for joint summit on trade, policy

Heads of state from the Middle East and Latin American are arriving in Saudi Arabia, with King Salman at the airport to greet dignitaries coming for a joint summit aimed at boosting trade ties and policy coordination between the two regions.

This is the fourth Arab-South American summit to bring together top officials from the Arab League's 22 member-states and 12 countries from South America. The meetings, held every three years, began in Brazil in 2005, followed by summits in Qatar and Peru.

Ahead of this two-day summit, which starts Tuesday, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby was quoted in the state-run Kuwait News Agency as saying that trade between the two regions reached $30 billion in 2014, compared to just $6 billion when the summit began a decade ago.