Tunisia is cleaning up its boulevards and securing its borders for an Arab League summit that this country hopes raises its regional profile and economic prospects.

Government ministers from the 22 Arab League states are holding preparatory meetings in Tunis all week for Sunday’s summit.

The summit will tackle many thorny issues, including the Golan Heights, the Saudi Arabia-Iran rift and whether to let Syrian President Bashar Assad back into the Arab fold.

Security forces stand guard outside the conference center where Arab leaders will hold the 30th Arab League Summit which opens Sunday, in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Security forces stand guard outside the conference center where Arab leaders will hold the 30th Arab League Summit which opens Sunday, in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Tunisian diplomats want their country to play a mediating role in regional tensions. For Tunisia, the most burning issue is bringing stability to neighboring Libya, formerly a major trade partner.

New murals, exotic flowers and Arab flags now decorate Tunis. Police and soldiers were deployed around the country and security is tightened on land and sea borders.

A Tunisian man looks at photos of Arab leaders who attended the 1979 Arab League Summit, in the media center, at the Culture City, in Tunis, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Tunisian man looks at photos of Arab leaders who attended the 1979 Arab League Summit, in the media center, at the Culture City, in Tunis, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Tunisian worker places banners for the upcoming Arab League Summit, at the media center which will serve journalists covering the meetings, at the Culture City, in Tunis, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Tunisian worker places banners for the upcoming Arab League Summit, at the media center which will serve journalists covering the meetings, at the Culture City, in Tunis, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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