Situation in Middle East discussed at 6th Global Baku Forum

Situation in Middle East discussed at 6th Global Baku Forum
# 16 March 2018 09:49 (UTC +04:00)

A panel, titled “Regional Security, Regional Peace: The Middle East”, was held as part of the 6th Global Baku Forum in Baku on March 16, APA reports.

The 6th Global Baku Forum, titled “Bridging Gaps to Create Inclusive Societies”, kicked off on March 15.

The forum is co-organized by the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

The panel was moderated by Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League. He spoke about double-polarization, which poses a threat to regional security.

Amre Moussa said that the likely ramifications of Russia's intervention in the Middle East and Moscow's recent actions should be talked about at the forum.

"First, we need to figure out what has brought about the current chaos in the Middle East. I am sure we have made a serious mistake in the Middle East. As a result of foreign intervention, "Arab spring" occurred,” he added.

According to Amre Moussa, the chaos in the Middle East will end when the dispute surrounding the State of Palestine is settled.

"Unfortunately, not only this dispute goes on and on, but the US still exaggerates the issue of Jerusalem. This further deepens the conflict,” he noted.

Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Fouad Siniora said that after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the region experienced political disasters and upheavals. He blamed Iran for the ongoing processes in the region.

Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Former Secretary of State Gennady Burbulis said that after the collapse of the USSR, political and military tensions in the region increased. "We tried to prevent his under the Commonwealth of Independent States, unfortunately, external interventions didn’t allow us,” he said.

The USSR made a big mistake by joining the Cold War, Burbulis. "It was our biggest mistake. That's why the Soviet Union collapsed, and now we witness its grave consequences in the region."

He said, however, that there is no way back: "Today there are two major imperial powers in the world – Facebook and Google."

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz said Turkey is a supporter of integration and peace in the Middle East. "We are representatives of the Arab League, and appreciate the activity of the Cooperation Council, because they are trying with full power to achieve peace in the Middle East," he added.

He noted that if the events continue this way, the conflicts in the region are not resolved, and some leaders do not lead the fight against terror, the region will turn into a permanent hotbed of political games of superpowers.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said the UN should conduct reforms in the region. “If we want to see the future, as we predict it, then we need to act accordingly,” said Mammadyarov.

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