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Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa called for the start of cooperation between a limited number of Arab countries to build a similar entity to the European Union, which could be followed by other countries, rejecting the idea of transferring NATO to the region.
In his keynote speech at the American University Cairo initiative (AUS), "Looking Toward the Future of the Middle East," he said that today's world can not talk about peace without the participation of various parties within the framework of a strategy for the future of peacemaking in the world. Security, which includes horizons for cultural, economic, security and social cooperation.
"A few weeks ago I was in Addis Ababa in a deep discussion about the safety of the Horn of Africa in connection with the Middle East. We can not talk about security in the region without talking about the safety of the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. and Asian. "
"If we were to discuss the security of this vast region around the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, should we be associated with this alliance, which some people have spoken of and called the Nato desert?" .
"The Arab peoples can not think of peace in the long run and then take NATO to the Sahara, ie West Asia, that is, the African neighborhood," he said.
Moussa said the 22 Arab countries should not move collectively, all Arab states are not expected to agree and agree to the next step, and based on action to be taken, calling for a small group of countries to join a convention that would be a multifaceted locomotive for the rest of the countries.
"The European Union and what we see today began with a treaty between two states, then three and then six countries, small and specific agreements that formed the Union. What if the Arab world invests in such agreements to open to countries no longer than 6 or 8 countries as multiple locomotives – Aspects of economic, educational, cultural and other cooperation. "
"I think the 21st century will have great power over generations, and it is not easy to replicate the cultural policies of the 20th century, and if it happens in the Arab world and the Middle East, they will fail and fail," he said.