Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, 28 March 2015:
I thank President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Government of Egypt for inviting me to address this Summit of the League of Arab States at this pivotal time.
I sincerely hope that under the able leadership of President el-Sisi will address many challenges and issues of this region.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to his Highness the Amir of Kuwait for his leadership during this past year as the President of the League of Arab States.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Four years ago, a generation of Arabs rose against tyranny. Last year, this effort bore fruit in Tunisia.
Tunisia became a model for the region and beyond. Yet the recent terrorist attack in Tunis highlights how extremists are targeting innocents and the fragile democratic process itself.
Today, war and violence in the region, reprehensible acts of terrorism, and the seemingly endless Israeli occupation of Palestine are causing enormous suffering. The impact of all these threats transcends the Arab world. They pose a direct challenge to international peace and security.
To counter these trends, we must address the root causes that fuel extremism and violence. Even when security measures are needed, reliance on military approaches alone will not solve these problems.
And security responses must be done in a way that protects human rights and dignity.
Fighting extremism while committing abuses is not only wrong, it is counter-productive.
Wherever this is tried, we find that the appeal for extremism actually increases. Without good governance, the rule of law, respect for women’s rights and all human rights, long-term political stability will remain a mirage.
Ladies and gentlemen,