Doha – The 2017 Doha Forum hosted Sunday a session entitled “The United States, Russia, and the European Union: a New Political Stage in the Middle-East” that discussed the role of major powers and their use of the Syrian crisis to achieve their objectives.

Member of Pakistan Senate Abdul Rehman Malik chaired the session. Counselor of the Royal Cabinet in Morocco Youssef Armani said that the Arab world is facing a complex reality and needs a positive intervention from major powers to resolve the refugees crisis and other conflicts in the region. He added that the region’s countries must play their part in establishing strong institutions and a democratic society, in addition to creating jobs and embracing transparency. He noted that the Arab world needs a strong regional administration and support from the West and Europe to counter-terrorism.

Nicholas James Westcott, who is the Managing Director Middle-East and North Africa at the European External Action Service said that the region is developing faster than its governments, saying that the Arab Spring revolutions were an indication of that. He added that the European Union was a major player in the Middle-East and has a strategy that aims to stabilize the region and overcome all the challenges that ultimately lead to extremism and terrorism. Westcott said that the European Union provided support to poor countries, highlighting that the EU gave the most aid to Africa with the goal of preventing crises.

On the role of Russia, he said that it succeeded in providing a blow to the US and the West when it interfered in Syria. He added that Russia worked on dismantling NATO and helped popularize the far-right movements in Europe. They also succeeded in increasing the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin and dealt with extremist Russians residing abroad. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency