BRUSSELS, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini Wednesday highlighted the importance of “resetting our thinking, allowing us to see what could be built” in the Middle East and North Africa region.
“After ten years of conflict and turmoil, there is a glimpse of hope that we cannot ignore. Conflicts are about power and money not faith,” stated Mogherini.
She made the comments at a conference on “The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies ” that was held at Egmont Institute in Brussels. “Although peace in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be imposed from the outside, we have a duty to continue producing new ideas and proposals to contribute to this goal and prevent the darkest scenarios to come into reality,” she added.
The one-day event was organised by MENARA Project led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs of Spain and MEDRESET project led by Italy’s International Affairs Institute; both the projects are funded by the EU. In a post-event press release, the organisers of the conference said that the US retreat from the region and Russia’s willingness to fill the power vacuum in Syria, in addition to China flexing its economic muscles across the region, have created a new reality. MENARA suggested that the EU will have to widen the scope to accommodate to the region’s shifting centres of gravity , Africa and the Gulf.
It highlighted that the EU should put locally-driven democracy, human rights and social justice as priority as this would be the only way for the EU to actually become the only “power” relevant to people’s needs.
Source: Kuwait News Agency