Istanbul, Turkey, June 5 (IBNS) Regional connectedness will lead to greater economic and political stability, Arab leaders said in the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey.
The meeting, convening under the theme "Bridging Regions in Transition", marks the first time in its 42-year history that the Forum has gathered leaders for a special cross-regional meeting.
"Any problem in one country has something to do with another country," said RecepTayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey. When war, conflict, migration and terror take place in a neighbouring country, those events have an effect on one's own country, he added.
Turkey's active engagement in regional affairs as well as its growth model, combining democratic governance and economic stability in the face of pronounced global challenges, could offer lessons for other nations in the region.
Political turmoil in Syria and the on-going stalemate in the Arab-Israeli peace process are two issues that underscore the need for regional cooperation.