In our turbulent world today, international challenges and crises are increasingly escalating in a way that does not bode well. The security and stability of the world as a whole have become threatened. We often find ourselves in the Arab region on the brink of abyss. Our countries, which are among the wealthiest regions with a diverse and diverse fabric of cultures, societies and religions, are engaged in many pivotal conflicts.
The current international scene is fraught with challenges that threaten peace and stability in the Arab world and beyond. It is the long-standing "”, to the devastating crises and political and economic turmoil in Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, and others. All these conflicts not only lead to the destruction of those countries, but also hinder economic and social progress in the region as a whole, and cast a shadow of uncertainty over the region.
Outside the Arab world, international tension hangs over the entire world, specifically in major Western and European countries. As well as the ongoing geopolitical issues and territorial disputes in Russia and Ukraine, tensions in North Korea, the South China Sea, Afghanistan and – unfortunately – many others, which have increased global insecurity and instability.
In the face of all these escalating global challenges, there is an urgent need for real cooperation, solidarity and support among Arab countries to unify efforts and protect our security and stability. Forming a strong alliance between Arab countries can serve as a formidable shield to protect their interests and create proactive strategies to enhance security. Moreover, this cooperation will contribute to protecting our lands and their sovereignty, our freedoms, our beliefs, and our sanctities. This will only be done through collective efforts and sincere intention towards solidarity and uniting individual strengths collectively to confront any threat at the regional or global levels.
As the poet said: “When the spears come together, they refuse to break, and when they separate, they break.” I constantly reflect on the meanings of these verses, and I sincerely believe that this is our situation in the Arab countries today. We are in dire need of being united today before tomorrow. I am utterly confident that our union will be on par with major unions such as the European Union, for example, because of the significant capabilities we possess in terms of natural resources, geographical position, and other factors, in addition, our Arab countries are united under the banner of one language, the Arabic language, and this is what brings us together.
All I mentioned is what makes the Arab Union project a nightmare for many countries and parties frightened by our cooperation, solidarity, and clarity with each other, because their goals are achieved through our weakness and division. Therefore, we must be extremely wary of those countries whose interest lies in targeting Arabs, sowing discord, and changing their political and religious demographics. The first step to maintaining our security and stability begins with knowing our enemies and understanding their hidden and explicit intentions to prevent them from achieving their regional agendas by sowing division and chaos among the Arabs to undermine political and security stability.
Moreover, at present, there is an urgent need to activate the real and effective role of global institutions, such as the United Nations, the Council, and the League of Arab States. To meet the critical challenges we are witnessing, and to enhance cooperation between member states. Because these institutions play a crucial role in addressing the challenges facing the world.
Such as the League of Arab States, whose role must be fully activated through pressure on international actors and effective diplomatic engagement, rather than simply holding meetings and issuing non-binding statements.
The League should take more proactive stances and fulfil the fundamental role for which it was founded, which is to enhance cooperation and stability in the region, and follow in the footsteps of the Arab leaders who strongly supported the League and participated in strengthening its role and goals. Such as King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and President Gamal Abdel Nasser - may God have mercy on them - who supported Arab cooperation initiatives and encouraged coordination between countries to confront regional and international challenges.
The role of global institutions as a whole is activated only by selecting veteran leaders with extensive experience to lead these institutions. Leaders who can make influential decisions and deeply understand the challenges and opportunities of our contemporary world. Their role extends beyond rhetoric, adopting a practical, results- and peace-oriented approach to serve the interest of the broader local and international community.
In conclusion, I wonder what the fate of the Arab countries will be from all these crises. What is our fate as Arabs facing all these escalating international challenges? We cannot deny the reality and that all these complex issues and ongoing conflicts form part of our reality in the region, but I always believe that there is hope and opportunity to improve the situation when striving and working together, and that we remain vigilant against those who fight us, openly or covertly, by understanding and exposing their goals.
The path towards stability in the Arab world begins with solidarity, clarity and cooperation, which constitute the basic key to achieving security and prosperity in the region, protecting our interests and ensuring our existence, and our presence with wisdom and sustainability.