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Mideast Prime Ministers Discuss Transformations in the Arab World

Davos, Switzerland
Friday, January 25, 2013

Top Middle East leaders participated in a panel discussion at the 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on ending political uncertainties.

In a panel titled "Transformations in the Arab World," the Prime Ministers talked about how the promise of the Arab Spring can be advanced in light of deepening social and political unrest.

Panellists included: Morocco's Chief of Government Abdelilah Benkirane; Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; Tunisian P.M. Hammadi Jebal; Lebanese P.M. Najib Mikati; Egyptian P.M. Hesham Mohamed Qandil; and Libian P.M. Ali Zeidan. CNN's Fareed Zakaria moderates the event.

On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the forum about the state of the European Union and Germany’s role in solving the eurozone financial crisis.

This year’s forum emphasizes innovation as an approach to improve business and economic conditions.  The meeting is titled "Leading through Adversity, Strengthening Societal Resilience, and Restoring Economic Dynamism."

World leaders, including heads of government and ministerial representation from 19 of the G20 countries, are among the more than 2,600 participants who convene for the Forum’s 43rd annual meeting.

The WEF's program includes a series of on-the-record, one-on-one interviews with academic, media, business and civil society leaders.

Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:19pm (ET)

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