ABU DHABI, Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, described as 'unstable and worrying' the current situation in the Middle East and warned that enemies want the Arab to remain locked in conflicts and seditions to serve their interests and objectives and shape a future that ''we don't aspire for.'' Addressing a discussion circle hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today on the current situation in the Middle East, Al Faisal said the Arab World is experiencing a catalog of strategic challenges, including extreme polarisation of the new political and social forces and emergence of conflicts that were fueled by regional political, religious, sectarian and tribal factors.

''The strategic location of the Arab countries make them vulnerable to strategic transformations in the world and to competition among major world powers for influence and natural resources,'' he noted. ''As long as it wears religious cloak, terrorism will remain a threat and strategic challenge to the Arab countries. Without a real confrontation of terrorism and addressing its root causes, the Arab countries will not enjoy stability,'' he underscored. He applauded efforts being made by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in countering terrorism.

He added that the Arab-Israeli conflict is another challenge to the Arab future, which he said, still dampens many Arab and international projects regarding the future of the region.

''Without a just solution that meets international legitimacy demands to this conflict, the region will see no stability and remain vulnerable to all adverse possibilities.'' ''The sole safety valve is to preserve the cohesion of our social fabric, solidarity between our leaders and peoples, fulfil aspirations of citizens, deliver justice and equality to them and let them enjoy their rights and freedoms, achieve social justice, reform political, social, educational, cultural and security policies and strengthen national identities,'' stressed.

Turning to the UAE-Saudi longstanding, fraternal, historic ties, Al Faisal lauded them as 'strategic and exemplary' as the two countries share a common vision to confront the forces of evil and aggression like what is happening in Yemen.

The strategic partnership led the two countries to have a common foreign policy and vision to nature of challenges and how to encounter and address them.

Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, along with a number of top ministry officials, heads of diplomatic missions abroad and ambassadors attended the event.

Source: Emirates News Agency