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Summit talk on importance of unity among Arab countries
By A Staff Reporter May 13, 2018
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ABU DHABI: As the “Beirut Institute” Summit Edition II kicked off in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on May 12, high-level leaders and officials spoke of the importance for Arab countries to work together in order to build a sound future for the region.

Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of the Board at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, and Member of the Board of Directors at Beirut Institute, said the summit provided a platform for prominent figures in government and business to convene and discuss the Arab world’s affairs.

“The importance of this summit is really based on the fact that the region is witnessing accelerated developments in technical, geopolitical, social and economic aspects,” he said during the opening ceremony of the two-day summit, entitled Constructing the Arab Region’s Engagement in the Emerging Global Future. “Transformation is a critical word for this summit: we are in constant transformation, not just in this region but globally. So if we manage to bring to light the transformations, their impact and follow-up on the developments, maybe, just maybe, we can do it, because we are in a rapidly-changing world and we may be able to reach a number of solutions to tackle the region’s issues and challenges.”

On her part, Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development for the United Arab Emirates, said the institute had a global role to play. “What is going on in the region and the Arab world impacts the entire world,” she said. “I praise this summit for its pioneering role in discovering the critical dimensions of the Arab world, and in discovering all of the new political, strategic and economic changes to develop a roadmap for the future of the region.”

She spoke of the vision and values of tolerance of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE. “The UAE is a country of tolerance,” she said.

Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute, spoke of the importance of the summit as a continuous dialogue and conversation. “It is not just about making a few keynote speeches or addresses, it is an ongoing dialogue,” she said. “We are no longer viewed as failed states, we are not perceived as a conflict-ridden region. We are leading states and highly-capable states, we have great diversity, which we celebrate.”

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