Middle Eastern states should put their differences behind them and forge a security pact modelled on the European Union in order to pull the region back from the brink, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday.
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تاریخ انتشار: ۲۸ بهمن ۱۳۹۶ - ۰۹:۰۸ 17 February 2018

Middle Eastern states should put their differences behind them and forge a security pact modelled on the European Union in order to pull the region back from the brink, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday.

He asked the international community to keep up diplomatic pressure on the countries concerned to achieve that, but offered few other details.

“I believe that it is time for wider regional security in the Middle East. It is time for all nations of the region to forget the past, including us, and agree on basic security principles and rules of governance, and at least a minimum level of security to allow for peace and prosperity,” Sheikh Tamim told a security conference in Munich.

“This should not be a pipe dream. Too much is at risk. The Middle East is at the brink. It’s time to bring it back.” Qatar, a tiny but rich Gulf Arab state, has been isolated over the past seven months by trade and travel sanctions imposed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt over accusations — denied by Doha — that it supports terrorism and regional rival Iran.

Efforts by the United States and Kuwait to end the rift have failed to produce any results.

In addition to the Gulf row, Sheikh Tamim referenced violent conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya which have sparked humanitarian catastrophes and one of the largest refugee crises ever with millions of people washing up in Europe in recent years.

“We can mirror efforts of the European Union, its ability to find common ground to rebuild and prosper,” he added. “Shifting from feuds to cooperation will require that we each be held accountable.”

The emir of Qatar declaring a boycott of his country by four Arab nations a “futile” exercise from which it has emerged stronger. He called for a new regional security effort in the Middle East.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told the Munich Security Conference that its detractors’ “adventurous policies have undermined regional security.”

The emir declared that “it is time for wider regional security in the Middle East. It is time for all nations of the region to forget the past, including us, and agree on basic security principles and rules of governance.”

He said all regional nations “need to agree on a baseline of coexistence, backed by (a) binding arbitration mechanism.” The diplomatic crisis began on June 5 with Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cutting off Doha’s land, sea and air routes over its alleged support of extremists and close ties to Iran.

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