Despite all the outrage that normally follows pictures of sleeping leaders, especially, when they are attending very important international meetings, it seems a lot of leaders find it hard to keep the fatigue at bay.
Last week, 16 heads of states from the Arab world gathered at the Dead Sea in Jordan for the annual Arab Summit.
This year’s summit had a very serious agenda with the Israeli–Palestinian conflict taking front burner. According to reports, delegates at the gathering were expected to revive the 15-year-old Arab Peace Initiative.
Included in the agenda for the 22-member confederation was also discussions on the turmoil and political challenges in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq. Another serious discussion was a pledge to address Iran’s role in the region after Iran’s military faced accusations of fueling proxy conflicts in many of the embattled countries.
Putting it modestly, it was a rather important summit with a lot of hot-button topics. This is why the pictures of sleeping leaders taken during the sessions are even more unbelievable.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who may have been expected to be alert considering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was one of the sleeping leaders
The President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi also caught some shut-eye
Here’s the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
And, finally, Djibouti’s president, Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Considering that the same thing happened last year at the summit with the Middle East Observer running a series of very similar pictures that showed Arab leaders falling asleep at their chairs, it seems that the facilitation of the summit must be especially boring.
Africans must be glad to note that it is not only their leaders who take international conferences and other meetings as a chance to catch up on some naps. Although, that is a pretty sad thing to take joy in.