DOHA, May 14 (Bernama)
The 15th Doha Forum 2015 and Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference concluded Wednesday with the participation of more than 100 countries, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
Discussions during the three-day event focused on variety of issues including Arab Spring issues, prospects for democratic change, social security matters, regional and international stability, human development, security, economy, energy, media and human rights as well as regional challenges and crises.
They also touched on key issues such as the importance of stability and development in East Africa and security, justice, equality and the fight against terrorism in Iraq, in addition to the role of international organizations, international community and the Security Council in meeting people's aspiration for stability.
In his remarks at the closing session, Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Rumaihi said over three days the Doha Forum discussed fully and thoroughly topics on its agenda, pointing out that the participants highlighted the importance of issues and topics that were discussed.
Al Rumaihi added that the Doha Forum provided a comprehensive assessment of hot issues related to democracy, development and trade in the Middle East, the Arab countries and the world.
He pointed out that through discussions, participants reached a common vision on crucial issues related to political, economic, social and security and strategic issues in the region that is witnessing a state of instability because of the obvious inability of the international community.
He said that Qatar stressed that the promotion and protection of human rights were one of the most important demands for the Arabs who have been demanding change and commitment to the principles of good governance as a real guarantee of freedom and social justice.
He emphasized that peace was the best and strategic option for the Middle East, expressing his confidence that the Doha Forum through discussions has reached conclusions to this end.
He also spoke of the Syrian issue saying it represented a major failure of the international community which failed to find a solution to the suffering of the Syrian people.
Al Rumaihi added that Qatar urged the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and to take all measures guaranteed by international law and international humanitarian law to maintain the security and protection of the Syrian people as well as achieve their legitimate aspirations in accordance with the decisions of Geneva.
Steven L. Spiegel, Director of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Middle East Development, who chaired the closing session, said that participants agreed that disputes in Iraq, Yemen and Syria are not sectarian but rather a conflict over geopolitical ambitions.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said that the forum focused on significant issues that aimed to dig into the economic future of the region, adding that the event provided a platform for those keen on the future of the region to meet and has gained international reputation.