Doha Summit: An Occasion for Solidarity and Agreement

  • 30 March 2009

The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his interview to Qatari newspaper Al-Watan during the Arab Summit in Doha, stated that the forum provided an opportunity for clearing Arab differences and resolving the region’s problems through dialogue. The huge and complex challenges that Arab countries face—both at the individual and collective levels—undoubtedly call for unity on the Arab front, and for treatment of differences among Arab countries under a new positive spirit. In addition to renewed tensions in many Arab regions, external challenges include the emergence of some forces that are seeking to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab, and extend their authority at the expense of Arab interests and the stability of their societies. There is also the huge challenge posed by Israel as its incipient government has an extremist orientation towards Arabs and the peace process, and this entails grave dangers. It goes without saying that the global financial crisis has cast a dark shadow over all Arab countries without exception, which underscores the need for greater cooperation and collaboration among Arabs through joint economic efforts.

The challenges Arabs face are escalating and becoming more dangerous, in such a way that they can only be confronted through a common vision and a highly organized and united strategy. The dangers extend to the entire Arab region and threaten their security and interests. Therefore, there is a common Arab interest in cooperating against these challenges and in confronting them.

The Arab world has paid dearly for its internal differences in recent years. Tensions have increased in the region, which has allowed some neighboring powers to infiltrate in the Arab region, threaten its security, and harm the coexistence among its sects, ideologies and ethnicities. Therefore, it is time to assume control of this situation, by restoring Arab-Arab relations and by rebuilding them on a strong basis that could take the common Arab endeavor to new and greater heights.

Undoubtedly, many obstacles lie in the way of comprehensive and effective reconciliation, and obstruct the path of common Arab endeavor. However, this must not cause frustration and despair, but engender more assertive action and hard work in overcoming the obstacles, no matter how daunting and complex they may be. Solidarity is the only means through which Arabs could form a front against the dangers confronting their countries and people in a world riddled with tensions and struggle. Within this context, Arab conventions give hope to Arabs everywhere in Arab national unity and activate their role in the regional and international arena. Despite the daunting tasks it faces, Doha Summit provides an important opportunity for taking a big step towards reconciliation and agreement that would build the base for the upcoming period. This would be highlighted with an increase in indicators of Arab awareness of the dangers of Arab-Arab conflict for Arab national security.