Published on Voltairenet.org, August 17, 2007.
The press focused on the area’s problems and the prospects of solution for the Lebanese, Iraqi and international crises saying the issue of the Iranian nuclear file seems difficult to solve and there are sharp disputes between Saudi Arabia and Syria that reflect a problem in the Syria-Saudi relations despite Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Mualem’s denial.
The press said there are no signs for any solution for the area’s problems in the horizon.
An Event and a Regional Trend:
The meeting held by Shanghai group in the presence of Russia, China and Iran and its firm statements against the US movements that threaten Asian security reflect the joint interests’ ability to form an active bloc that has huge military and economic capabilities that allow establishing new balances in the world after the US went too far in imposing its unipolar order after the cold war.
The Asian bloc is based on promising economic partnerships, and if this coincides with Europe’s return to its political and strategic independence a new trend in international relations will emerge and may curb the attempts to dominate the UN and relations among states in all the fields.
Analysts refer to the absence of any kind of Arab blocs in the shadow of the success of the US-Israeli axis in dividing the Arabs and paralyzing them and preventing them from forming a power that can have a foothold in a world that consists of big blocs … (full long text).