Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia and Russia Should Cooperate to Bring Peace to the Middle East


According to Jamal Khashoggi, former general manager of Al Arab News Channel and media advisor to the Saudi ambassador Prince Turki Al Faisal, the core of all problems in the Middle East is the struggle for democracy in Arab republics, not in the Arab monarchies. We still feel the consequences of the turmoil, that exploded with the so-called Arab spring in 2011. Unfortunately it ended with civil wars and rise of extremism. The great and regional powers are handling with results of the problem, not with the reasons. They compete with each other, miscalculating the situation. And now we have  very complicated situations in Syria and Lybia and Yemen. 

Saudi Arabia and Russia have such a common area as oil. After Aleppo Russia became more influential peacemaker and for it it could be better to cooperate with Saudi Arabia. The Arab world needs stability. Moscow and Riyadh have a huge room here to cooperate. For both countries it is better to invest than to fight in Syria. Saudis should treat Russia as part of the region, Russians are already there. It is better to cooperate with Russia to bring peace to Syrians, and not to Bashar el-Assad.