Sergey Lavrov spoke to participants of the conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects”

20 October 2016

Sergey Lavrov spoke to participants of the conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects”

 

International conference “Middle East: Trends and Prospects”, organized by the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation with support of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the RAS Institute of Orientals Studies, continues its work in Moscow.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov met with participants of the forum. When addressing them, he said:

 

“Dear colleagues and friends, I am happy to welcome you at the event organized by the Primakov Center for Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

 

I believe that such events help to support and deepen an open professional dialogue on the regional issues. All of that allows to better understand processes taking place in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa and make better forecasts regarding prospects for tomorrow.

 

There is no need to talk about how difficult the current period of foreign affairs is. It is critical and it is interconnected with continuing development of the new polycentric architecture of foreign affairs. Of course, we see how that process encounters active opposition of those, who do not want to give up a customary role of the so-called “ultimate arbitrator”. On that background, global and regional instability is increasing, growth of potential for confliction is observed. What we see in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa is a clear illustration of that.

 

As a result of disintegration of governmental structures and the uncontrolled process of fragmentation, multiple centers of instability have evolved in Syria, Yemen, and Libya. Such state of affairs is a result of malpractice of geopolitical “engineering” by our western colleagues, practices of interference into national affairs of sovereign countries, efforts to change unfavorable regimes, and the so-called “democratization” based on their own templates while forcing alien values and recipes of development onto other countries.

 

We warned from the very beginning that provoking the so-called “controlled chaos” in a region historically burdened by military conflicts could result in extremely negative consequences. Our western partners do not hide that our position does not appeal to them, they said, as you remember, that Russia had ended “on the wrong side of the history”. Figuratively speaking, as a result of that, not just one, but several genies have been let out of the bottle, among which the most dangerous one is a terrorist threat in the form of ISIS (an organization banned in Russia - GF), Jabhad al Nusra (an organization banned in Russia - GF) and groups affiliated with them.

 

As it was stressed by President Putin already a year ago when speaking at the UN General Assembly, under those conditions we consider the primary goal to be unification of efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism, creation of a vast global antiterrorist frontline. No doubt, that work involves taking measures against spread of terrorist and extremist ideology.

 

I hope that during our meeting today and discussions planned within its framework we will be able to better understand current events, share opinions and assessments. It will help us, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in practical work.

 

I am glad that many prominent figures of the Arab and Muslim world, people how we have known for a long time, are present here. I am sure that this forum will bring results".


Materials of a press service of MFA of Russia have been used.



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