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Aboul Gheit: Arab World Situation Going Through Tragic Period

Aboul Gheit: Arab World Situation Going Through Tragic Period

Wednesday, 24 October, 2018 - 11:15
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit. (Reuters)
Cairo - Sawsan Abu Hussein
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned of the dangers and challenges facing the Arab world.

In his word before the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA), Aboul Gheit called for the importance of developing a strategy to deal with these challenges, especially in light of the tragic period the region has been going through.

The Secretary-General also addressed the unprecedented risks experienced currently by the international system.

“The global situation is in a state of liquidity and rapid change, it is witnessing the return of conflict among major powers and the erosion of stable rules on which the system was founded after World War II,” he stressed.

"The combination of different phenomena, such as the rise of right-wing movements and the resurgence of nationalism in its extreme forms, foreshadow future turbulence,” he said.

“Other phenomena, such as climate change and increased reliance on artificial intelligence applications, may become out of control and increase liquidity and uncertainty," he added.

Aboul Gheit also pointed out that the Arab situation is going through a tough period and suffers from a state of fragmentation, making it unable to deal effectively with serious challenges imposed by the global situation in the future.

He emphasized that the Arab League “still represents the only framework that enables Arabs to discuss their problems and deal with them collectively.”

“But the absence of political will and the weakness of support from different countries sometimes reduce the margin of its movement and effectiveness in dealing with the challenges and risks facing the Arab world, especially on the strategic level.”

“The Arab League continues to play its role, however, by seeking to achieve integration and coordination among Arab countries in terms of economic, social and cultural policies," Aboul Gheit noted.

On the other hand, Aboul Gheit met with a delegation from the board of trustees of Nizami Ganjavi International Center, which works on bringing together cultures and religions.

The Center is headed by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, and its members include 13 presidents and former ministers from the Arab region, Europe and Asia and Amr Moussa, the former Secretary General of the Arab League.

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