‘Amir vows to keep storm away’

‘GCC love, har­mony to be re­stored’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

“CER­TAINLY, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad has ex­pressed our emo­tions as cit­i­zens of the Gulf states when he talked about the un­prece­dented bit­ter­ness and cri­sis which cur­rently faces the ‘Gulf House’,” colum­nist, for­mer Kuwait en­voy to the United Na­tions and for­mer sec­re­tary gen­eral of Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) Ab­dul­lah Bishara wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“How­ever, the Amir has em­pha­sized he will not give up his his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to end the cur­rent GCC cri­sis and re­store the love and har­mony and the Gulf cit­i­zens be­cause the GCC is the sole au­thor­ity which can con­tain the dif­fer­ences that may sur­face within this re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Like­wise, the Amir has con­firmed his de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­tain the GCC cri­sis with sup­port from var­i­ous Gulf, Arab, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional par­ties to his good of­fices.

“HH the Amir has also di­ag­nosed the strong his­tor­i­cal bonds that link the GCC coun­tries and talked about the blessed march of this coun­cil and the sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments re­al­ized by it to meet the tar­geted ob­jec­tives of the peo­ples in the Gulf re­gion.

“In this con­text, we say HH the Amir will sin­cerely han­dle the painful is­sues which sur­face in the re­gion from time to time and this was ev­i­dent through his re­cent state­ment over the GCC cur­rent cri­sis in which he re­flected the emo­tions of the peo­ple in this part of the world to­wards this cri­sis and this re­flects in turn the be­lief of HH the Amir in the GCC ob­jec­tives. He is con­vinced that this coun­cil has the abil­ity to achieve its tar­gets which are con­tained in its Ba­sic Law and Char­ter.

“In this con­text, we re­call how HH the Amir through­out his po­lit­i­cal march vis­ited var­i­ous world cap­i­tals to pro­mote the ob­jec­tives and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil be­cause he knows the ins and outs of this coun­cil from the very be­gin­ning of its foun­da­tion.

“I nar­rate this fact in my ca­pac­ity as GCC sec­re­tary­gen­eral for twelve years dur­ing which I lis­tened care­fully to the ad­vices given by one of the GCC found­ing lead­ers be­cause this founder was al­ways con­vinced about the abil­ity of the GCC to pro­tect the her­itage and achieve­ments of mem­ber states.

“In this con­nec­tion, we say thirty-six years have passed since the foun­da­tion of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil dur­ing which this coun­cil has man­aged to in­grain sta­bil­ity and co­op­er­a­tion among mem­ber states to such an ex­tent the en­tire world is con­vinced that this coun­cil can play an ef­fec­tive role in per­form­ing its du­ties and boost­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian part­ner­ships to serve the de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues in the world. This is in ad­di­tion to its keen­ness to de­fend the in­ter­ests of the needy peo­ple on our planet.

“Given the above, we have ob­served how the en­tire world is con­cerned about the cur­rent GCC dif­fer­ences. As a mat­ter of fact many coun­tries are sur­prised at the ex­tent of these dif­fer­ences and ac­cu­sa­tions hurled at each other.

“Some coun­tries won­der how the GCC states failed to keep abreast with the wis­dom of the GCC found­ing lead­ers as a re­sult of which del­e­ga­tions from var­i­ous coun­tries vis­ited the re­gion to put an end to these dif­fer­ences mo­ti­vated by their re­al­iza­tion of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the re­gion and its re­flec­tions on the mem­ber states, Europe and the en­tire world.

“As a mat­ter of fact, the peo­ple of the Gulf re­gion have a vi­tal com­mod­ity without which the world can­not sur­vive and the world is sat­is­fied with the abil­ity of the Gulf of­fi­cials to man­age the oil be­cause these of­fi­cials have proved they are bal­anced in deal­ing with var­i­ous is­sues and none of them have been striv­ing to pro­mote the ideas of de­struc­tion and sab­o­tage.

“In other words, these of­fi­cials have proved they are keener than the oth­ers in terms of main­tain­ing the world or­der of sta­bil­ity and boom. Not just that these of­fi­cials have prac­ti­cally proved their loy­alty and sin­cer­ity to the devel­op­ment of hu­man­ity.

“Of course, it is nat­u­ral to see among the GCC mem­ber states var­i­ous opin­ions when deal­ing with some is­sues, but it is need­less to say dif­fer­ences may sur­face among them but boy­cotting a mem­ber state can­not be jus­ti­fied.

“In this con­text, the late King Fahd Bin Ab­du­laziz of the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia had said we may be at odds with each other and this is nat­u­ral, but cer­tainly the dif­fer­ences should be set­tled through ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels without hue and cry.

“Cer­tainly, the world re­serves the right to move to­wards the Gulf re­gion, be­cause this part of the world is ge­o­log­i­cally ex­cep­tional and that en­ables it to con­trol the devel­op­ment ev­ery­where.

“Hence, we say that the ef­fort made re­cently by HH the Amir is le­git­i­mate and we hope His High­ness shall go ahead and make use of his good of­fices to sur­mount the cur­rent dif­fer­ences among the GCC mem­bers and keep the storm away from Gulf House with his his­tor­i­cal wis­dom.”



“What we cur­rently see in our ‘Gulf House’ rep­re­sented by the vis­its and shut­tle trips made to some Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) States by West­ern for­eign min­is­ters to set­tle the dif­fer­ences among some of the GCC mem­bers is be­cause of the keen­ness of the West­ern coun­tries to pro­tect their in­ter­ests in the re­gion and not for the sake of pro­tect­ing our unity,” colum­nist Dr Salem Ibrahim Al-Sbaiei wrote for Al-Anba daily.

“It is need­less to say these West­ern of­fi­cials are se­ri­ously striv­ing to pro­tect their eco­nomic in­ter­ests in the Gulf re­gion and pre­vent mak­ing it as a weapon in the hands of one party against the other.

“In this con­text, we recol­lect how the West­ern oil firms at the be­gin­ning of the 1950s pu­n­ished the then Ira­nian prime min­is­ter Dr Mo­ham­mad Mu­sad­daq be­cause the lat­ter was striv­ing to na­tion­al­ize the Ira­nian oil.

“Such be­ing the case, we sug­gest the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis can be set­tled only through the ef­forts ex­erted by the GCC peo­ples for the sake of unity in this part of the world. In the mean­time, we as peo­ples have to at­tach hopes to our GCC lead­ers and their abil­ity to deal with the cur­rent cri­sis.

“In this con­text, we com­mend the ef­forts ex­erted by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad — the ef­forts which have been ap­pre­ci­ated by the en­tire world in gen­eral and the GCC lead­ers in par­tic­u­lar in view of the love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion har­bored by these lead­ers to HH the Amir for they are deal­ing with him as fa­ther, un­cle and brother.

“Given the above, we ex­pect all ob­struc­tions and ob­sta­cles which cur­rently im­pede the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion to van­ish in view of the ef­forts ex­erted by HH the Amir which are ap­pre­ci­ated by all GCC lead­ers mo­ti­vated by their feel­ing that the fra­ter­nal and his­tor­i­cal bonds which cur­rently link them will be enough to set­tle their dif­fer­ences.

“Such be­ing the case, we would like to call on all GCC mem­bers to abide by their fra­ter­nity, be­cause no­body can strengthen their bonds of unity more than their brothers and as such they should not rely on oth­ers to set­tle their dif­fer­ences as long as their brothers are ready to shoul­der their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in this con­nec­tion.

“In con­clu­sion, we look at how Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH) was al­ways urg­ing us to strengthen our fra­ter­nal bonds. Through his Ha­dith he en­cour­aged us to help each other in weal and woe.”

“The his­tor­i­cal prece­dent that oc­curred last week by the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion forces and pre­vent­ing the Mus­lims from pray­ing is a step Is­rael would have not taken if it had not been sat­is­fied with the state of weak­ness in the Arab-Is­lamic world,” colum­nist Nasser Al-Mu­tairi wrote for An­na­har daily.

“The Arab/Mus­lim weak­nesses have af­flicted the Arab na­tion, which is pre­oc­cu­pied with its prob­lems and sec­tar­ian con­flicts.

“Three years ago, specif­i­cally in April 2014, the Is­raeli Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Avig­dor Lieber­man, said: ‘The Arab feel­ings of anti-Is­rael have re­ceded’. He boasted of be­ing in con­tact with the Arab and Gulf ‘mod­er­ates’.

“Can you be­lieve Lieber­man’s state­ment in our po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity to­day? And how did the Arab hos­til­ity to­wards Is­rael re­cede? The most im­por­tant ques­tion is: Has the Gulf nor­mal­iza­tion process be­gun with Is­rael through what we are fol­low­ing in the form of the in­tro­duc­tion of soft po­lit­i­cal steps?

“We are fol­low­ing these ar­gu­ments as we fol­low the de­bate around us where opin­ions are di­vided be­tween the ma­jor­ity against nor­mal­iza­tion and con­sider it a great be­trayal of our prin­ci­ples and the blood of the mar­tyrs and Is­lamic sanc­ti­ties, and a mi­nor­ity that looks at the re­al­ity and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests and the re­gional trans­for­ma­tions and bal­ances of power in the re­gion, call­ing for ac­cep­tance of nor­mal­iza­tion with Is­rael.

“There is no doubt that we are fac­ing ma­jor changes in the con­cept of the en­emy in the Arab mind­set, and the next scene in the Mid­dle East is clearly ex­posed.”

“In light of the suf­fer­ing of the Pales­tini­ans these days, the tyranny of the Zion­ists has crossed all lim­its. To add in­sult to in­jury, the Arabs have re­mained largely silent and all that they seem to be do­ing is is­su­ing state­ments to de­nounce the Is­raeli bru­tal­i­ties be­cause that is the only weapon they have,” colum­nist Ab­dul Rah­man Al Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.

“How­ever, we have to praise the courage and bold­ness of the Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly, Mar­zouq Al-Ghanim, who said in full clar­ity that the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Zion­ist ac­tions fol­lowed by the closure of the AlAqsa Mosque and the con­tin­u­a­tion of re­pres­sive prac­tices in Jerusalem and the rest of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries should not be tol­er­ated in spite of all the ar­gu­ments and the­o­ries that pre­vail in the Arab si­lence.

“Al-Ghanim was point blank in his at­ti­tude, es­pe­cially as it co­in­cides with what our brothers in Pales­tine are sub­jected to — re­pres­sion and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing at­tack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque which led to the closure of the mosque in front of the wor­ship­pers. He has ap­plied the medicine on the wound and balm for the pain.

“The Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly, who is known for his bold­ness, has em­pha­sized that the na­tion, with its masses and elite, and its deep and his­tor­i­cal con­science, are ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing a sweep­ing public opin­ion at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els to put pres­sure on the Is­raeli en­emy and this is the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery Arab and Mus­lim to­wards the Pales­tinian cause to pro­tect the sanc­tity of Is­lam.”

“DAESH lost most of the ar­eas it cap­tured in Syria and Iraq over the last few years through fierce bat­tles waged by the armed forces of the two coun­tries sup­ported by friendly na­tions,” colum­nist Ha­mad Saleh AlQat­tan wrote for An­na­har daily.

“We have to think of an an­swer to the fol­low­ing ques­tions. Do we have any idea what the ter­ror­ist group may do con­sid­er­ing the level of sup­port they re­ceive from coun­tries schem­ing against the Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries? Will the dirty plan aimed at dividing Arab and Mus­lim States fiz­zle out, and the con­tin­u­ous de­feats of DAESH force the haughty power to stop the con­spir­acy or they will search a new method in or­der to ful­fill their plans?

“Look­ing at history, we have come to un­der­stand the way of think­ing of the evil power that en­cour­aged the war against Iran us­ing the crim­i­nal regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein when it re­al­ized in 1980 that Is­lamist regime may af­fect their in­ter­ests in the Mid­dle East. With the help of the evil power, the call for na­tion­al­ism has be­come com­mon among Arabs and Mus­lims — although it con­tra­dicts the prin­ci­ples of Is­lam that make no dis­crim­i­na­tion among the peo­ple based on their na­tions or ori­gins.

“This prin­ci­ple led most Arab lead­ers to sup­port Sad­dam Hus­sein in his war against Iran. Even­tu­ally, the eight-year war ended with a cease­fire, without vic­tor. The war ended while eco­nomic crises emerged. Iraq then asked Kuwait to make a pay­ment to com­pen­sate for its loss, and when she re­fused, Sad­dam in­vaded Kuwait in 1990. We en­dured hor­ri­ble con­di­tions un­der the 7-month Iraqi oc­cu­pa­tion un­til the coun­try’s lib­er­a­tion.

“To­day, history re­peats it­self with DAESH fac­ing bit­ter de­feat just like Sad­dam Hus­sein ex­pe­ri­enced. We may con­clude that a rich na­tion will be forced to pay the ‘ran­som’ sub­mis­sively or face in­va­sion as ob­served in Kuwait in 1990.

“The cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent from those of 1990s. At the mo­ment, the coun­tries are webbed to­gether by com­plex nets ex­tend­ing be­yond eco­nomic in­ter­ests. This will oblige Europe and Amer­ica to think twice be­fore tak­ing any step that may lead to out­stand­ing eco­nomic losses, see­ing pol­i­tics is al­ways af­fected by econ­omy.”

“We are all pained by the reper­cus­sions of the on­go­ing Gulf cri­sis, es­pe­cially with more play­ers get­ting in­volved in find­ing so­lu­tions. The ground is un­able to ac­com­mo­date all of them due to which com­plex­ity arises and be­comes the dom­i­nant fac­tor in the en­tire cri­sis. This was ex­actly what we were afraid of,” Mes­fir AlNay­ees wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“As the rift con­tin­ues among the GCC mem­ber states with in­creased in­volve­ment in it by Iran, Tur­key and United States of Amer­ica, find­ing so­lu­tions seems to be a dif­fi­cult task. Nev­er­the­less, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah con­tin­ues to strive and ex­ert ef­forts on which many are bet­ting to suc­ceed in re­u­nit­ing the Gulf house. How­ever, each and ev­ery con­cerned party needs to com­pro­mise in or­der to achieve a break­through.

“We need Qatar just like we need Saudi Ara­bia, United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Oman. We need a house that is united and strong. Through such a unity, the house will be stronger in fac­ing any chal­lenges that comes in its way.

“I pray Al­lah will grant all Gulf coun­tries the bless­ing of peace, se­cu­rity and har­mony. May He end this rift so that these coun­tries can re­turn to the path of progress.”

––– Com­piled by Zaki Taleb

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