An Ordinary Arab Day!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Wed 29 March / Mar 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

Let us be realistic.

Under such circumstance; the undeniable deterioration of the Arab System, the frailty of our security, and the explosion of sectarian, civil, and internal unrest and conflict, as states and societies disintegrate, and leaders divide over their priorities and conflict over agendas, all these factors need to be considered when evaluating the outcomes of the Arab Summit.

It is not expected of the Arab World to wake at the dawn of a new era, today.

This is but an ordinary Arab day, like all the other days of Arabs in recent years. No one believes in articulate speeches or sentimental appeals anymore. Citizens across Arab states now know that their reality is tied to more than just official address, and that change requires factors and conditions that do not exist in our current reality.

Everything established at the Amman Summit was within the reasonable ceiling of expectation.

Foremost is the success in carrying out a smooth Summit. The efforts during the preparatory meetings have cooled some of the tension and alleviated some of the stress.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s diplomatic efforts, led by the King personally, have successfully mediated reconciliations between Saudi and Egypt, and collaborations between Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority.

As a result, the expected volcanos did not erupt.

Along these lines, it was obvious that the new Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, carried out an exceptional diplomatic performance. He led the ministerial meetings with an exquisite presence, professionality, and elegance, even though he has only been assigned a month or two.

His efforts resulted in the consolidation —as partial as it may be— of views among the foreign ministers of the Arab Summit in convention, which avoided the Summit many a minefield.

The Summit itself, thanks to Jordan’s massive role, restored momentum to the Palestinian Cause, and reformulated the Arab rank to back it and reinforce its advancement at such a crucial historic moment in time. Especially with the new US administration in office, showing dangerous inclinations towards Palestine and Jerusalem.

Soon, the situation will escalate, considering recent US statements on the matter, and it will become extremely difficult to handle, for Palestine, Jordan, or the Arab World united.

In regards to fears of amendments and changes to the Arab Initiative for Peace, be it in the contexts of tactics or simply ‘handing the ball over to the other team’, Palestinian officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, have confirmed that no such endeavour is underway, which is a position strongly backed by Jordan behind the seams.

For Jordan, much was gained. The Kingdom successfully administrated the Summit, relatively attaining all its goals. The turnout rate is highest than it has been in years. A variety of internal and external frontiers has been cooled off. And the Palestinian Cause has been reprioritised to the top of the list, while reaffirming the inarguable basis of the Two-State Solution and Jerusalem.

That attained, Arabs now have an important card to play at Donald Trump’s table, during the next bi-lateral and multi-lateral summits within weeks.

Above all, Jordanian diplomacy has proven its strength and ability, this is extremely obvious.

The summit itself has reinforced Jordan’s worth strategically, as a leading Arab state; being the moderate, stable, and rooted Arab country it is, with the capacity to bring leaders of the Arab World together, hold Summits, and maintain the trust and confidence of international and regional players.

All that, is in spite of the fact that Jordan is surrounded in turmoil and war. Still, it has not deterred Jordan’s will or achievement.

The Summit has amplified the Jordanian regime’s confidence in its place and ability, as well as the people’s respect for what they saw of preparation and organisation, coupled with a high level of seriousness, order, and diligence over the last few days.

These achievements, no matter how partial some would say, have changed the public’s mood and perception of the State, despite of the suffocating weight of the economic crisis.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version published by AlGhad.