UAE participates in regional conference on Arab security and challenges

Cairo, 23rd February, 2015 (WAM) — Current challenges and threats pose an existential threat to the Arab World’s structure, identity and diversity, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al Arabi has warned.

Addressing the opening session of the Conference on Regional Security and Arab Challenges, which began in Egyptian capital of Cairo today, Al Araby said the Arab World was undergoing tremendous challenges with serious repercussions that need comprehensive review of all social life tracks in order to find out what had gone wrong.

Khalifa Al Tunaji, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE at Arab League, Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Acting Director of Studies and Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ali Al Shamaili, Responsible for Arab League at the UAE Embassy in Cairo, represented the UAE in the conference.

He also cautioned that the culture of radicalism and extremism leads to bloody violence and was a threat to Arab national security.

He added that transformations sweeping some Arab countries had provided terrorist organisations with an additional weapon to shatter the social fabric of these countries.

To confront extremist ideology and extremist groups, the Arab League chief stressed that Arab community leaders, civil society forces, government and non-government organisations, politicians, strategists, thinkers, need to come together to devise an inclusive, effective and responsive strategy.

Hosted by the Arab League and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA), the two-day meeting will discuss work papers on latest developments and transformations including brutal acts of terrorist organisations, pressing challenges and security, military, political and economic concerns.