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Opening Speech of H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Jabr Al Thani Minister's Assistant For International Cooperation Affairs, Chairman of Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences

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The Club de Monaco is a civil society think tank founded in Mars 2002 by French diplomat Claude de Kemoularia in partnership with the President of the Italian Institute for International and Political studies (ISPI) and the President of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).
It soon emerged as a privileged space for exchanging ideas and opinions and offering solutions to issues affecting the Mediterranean region, and by extension the Middle-East and the whole world.

Attended by an elite of current and former leaders, decision-makers and diplomats, the Club’s meetings are closed sessions where sensitive matters are open to free and learned North-South debates and discussions meant to overcome cultural, historical, religious and political differences thanks to the rooted belief that arguments and conflicts should be addressed by bringing all sides together in a tolerant and constructive dialogue.

In his opening speech at the 2010 meeting, H.E. the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al-Thani said:
’ We meet here today for the second time so as to discuss topics that affect the public policies, as well as the political, social and economic transformations that are developing rapidly in the European and south Mediterranean regions.’

He went on to define the Club de Monaco’s role as a provider of practical solutions to be conveyed to decision-makers in the region and worldwide. He then gave examples of topics submitted to the meeting’s scrutiny:
• the new states in Europe
• peace in the Middle East
• stability and comprehensive security
• human development in the southern part of the Mediterranean and in the Middle East
• relations between the Europeans on the one hand and the Arabs and Muslims on the other hand
• the financial crisis
• the establishment of the Palestinian state on the territories recognized by the United Nations, and protection of the Palestinian people, as well as enhancement of its security and stability

H.E. then broadened the scope of the debates to outside the Mediterranean region, and invited the attendees to discuss issues such as:
• stability in south-west Asia
• the Iranian nuclear programme
• situation in Somalia and the Horn of Africa
• immigration to Europe
• energy security
• water, food and free trade
•reform in the field of trade, human rights and international organizations, collective security, governance, and civilized communication

Similarly to the two previous Meetings that were also held in Doha in 2008 and 2010, there are numerous and hot topics on the menu of the 2012 Meeting, drawn from the accelerating march of History, starting with the Arab Spring, but also the recent withdrawal of USA forces from Iraq and the latest developments regarding the Iranian nuclear and Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The 2012 Club de Monaco Meeting will be held on February 24th and 25th at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, with the participation of 50 VIPs from 18 countries.

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