New Arab summits and axes

 Arab summits are the best preview shows to predict the policies of countries in the region. In these summits, there are struggles that never end, the countries’ energies are drained and calculations are reconsidered. They provide Arabs with nothing other than more struggle.

During the 1990 Baghdad Summit, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein displayed his superiority before the rest of the presidents claiming he won over Iran. Backstage, he planned the conspiracy to invade Kuwait with the help of an alliance he formed with four other countries. Three months later, a summit was held in Egypt to expel him from Kuwait and to grant legitimacy to American forces that would enter the country.

Intra-regional politics


In Beirut in 2002, the Damascus axis and its allies worked to marginalize late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat who was besieged in his office in Ramallah. The Damascus axis attempted to prevent Arafat from delivering his speech via satellite but Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E intervened to thwart that attempt.

Truth is that the first Arab summit, which convened in Anshas Palace in Egypt around 67 years ago, was itself a conspiracy by seven Arab countries

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

In the same year that former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri was assassinated, a summit was held in Algeria further increasing disputes between the Saudi and Syrian axes regarding Lebanon.

During three consecutive years, three summits were held where the war of axes raged. Damascus versus Riyadh; the Damascus axis succeeded in dominating the summit held in the Syrian capital. It dominated the Doha summit and the Libya summit. During those politically disturbed years, Arabs were completely divided between two fighting camps.


Summits are mirrors reflecting problems

It is not strange that summits are mirrors that reflect problems. Summits display the miserable Arab regime. He who listened to the speeches delivered yesterday in the Doha summit will know which direct the wind is facing. Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi warned more than once against interfering in his country’s affairs. We are therefore confronting the beginning of an upcoming crisis in addition to speeding up the establishment of an interim Syrian government that a person no one has ever heard of is assigned to form. There are also conspiracies that often sabotage bigger causes and do not benefit anyone; like what we saw during the phase of besieging Hariri and during the phase of defending those who killed him.

Truth is that the first Arab summit, which convened in Anshas Palace in Egypt around 67 years ago, was itself a conspiracy by seven Arab countries within the battle of axes. There were suspicions that this summit was planned by General Clayton, head of the intelligence in the English army, and Mr. Brjans, assistant director of the English intelligence in Palestine. This was a rumor marketed by Arabs who did not call for a summit to convene. This summit, however, was the one confirmed Palestine as a state for the first time and what made an Arab cause out of the issue.


This article was first published in Asharq Al-Awsat on March 27.


Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.

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