Envoys from Turkey, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexioc will also attend, while Russia has not been invited.
Dozens of national security advisers and senior-ranking officials are descending on the Red Sea city of Jeddah for a meeting that kicks off Friday evening.
The aim is to bring together countries from the “global south,” such as India, Brazil and South Africa — as well as European Union countries, along with the United States and Canada — to rally around Ukraine’s efforts to broker a peace plan.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is hopeful that countries endorse his own ten-point plan for peace.
China, which in the past had laid out its own peace plan, has confirmed (Reuters) it would participate in the Saudi-led talks this weekend.
The talks come as the Global South has faced the fallout of Russia’s withdrawal from the Black Sea grain deal and a subsequent increase in grain prices.