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Dubai Ruler: Arab region’s future 'will not be shaped by wars but by tolerance'

UAE Prime Minister warns against the spread of hatred based on religion, race or sectarian differences

Dubai Ruler: Arab region’s future 'will not be shaped by wars but by tolerance'
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has insisted that the future of the region will not be formed as a result of conflicts, but by tolerance and justice.

In a statement ahead of the opening of this year’s Arab Strategy Form, the UAE’s Vice President said “the world is passing through a very sensitive phase, which is perhaps the most complex and crucial phase in history”, the outcome which will determine the future of the world.

“This future will not be shaped by wars but rather by tolerance, understanding and justice,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

He referred to a speech made over ten years ago at the Arab Strategy Forum in 2004, when it was suggested that there was a possibility that “the theory of the ‘clash of civilisations’ may prevail”.

“We also warned against the spread of hatred based on religion, race or sectarian differences. Today we are witnessing the consequences. We are witnessing revolutions and conflicts that have one thing in common: they are against civilisation. What is happening today is a struggle between civilisation and its enemies,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammad said it is important that to stop associating those enemies with any civilisation, religion or race, because “they practice killing for killing’s sake”.

“No religious teaching or civilisation supports these practices,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed said rescuing the region from the current crises requires global and regional powers to coordinate their efforts and overcome their differences.

“We must confront destructive forces with constructive initiatives; we must combat thoughts with thoughts and we must create the conditions necessary to prevent crises from perpetuating and push forward development. Power is useless unless it is utilised rationally to establish peace and justice. God created us to build not to destroy,” he said.

The Arab Strategy Forum, which opens on Wednesday, features eminent thought leaders and experts, economists, politicians and analysts, who will discuss future trends in the Arab region, while examining economic and political challenges that have dominated the world in 2016.

Among those taking part are Turki Al Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies and former director general of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Salam Fayyad, former Palestinian prime minister, William Hague, former UK Foreign Secretary, and Larry Summers, former US Secretary of Treasury and former president of Harvard University.

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Emad 4 years ago

Great thought from the great leader. The world and our region are thirsty for peace and unity amongst all regardless of where we come from. Humanity is our common dominator and your Excellency the Peace Leader. God bless You and be with you in all steps.