Burning issues remain at year-end
As 2017 draws to a close, the burning issues of the year remain alive despite serious efforts to ease them. The hot issues of the region went well beyond the immediate neighborhood, encompassing the whole world. And add to this, natural calamities hit various parts of the world during the entire year.
However, the most devastating them of all was the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The move shook the world and drew sharp responses from across the world.
Then there is the Syrian crisis. It remains a vexing, prolonged problem, with no solution in sight.
The Yemeni front shows some signs of cooling, but one cannot be unduly optimistic in the face of Houthi obstinacy. The terror group seems hell-bent on keeping the conflict alive, even firing missiles to civilian targets in Makkah and Riyadh – to the shock and dismay of the international community.
As for the Libyan crisis, peace eludes the country, with the parties in conflict failing to reach any solution despite numerous rounds of talks.
Terrorism continued to raise its ugly head in 2017, underscoring the need to intensify global efforts to fight the scourge. Terrorism in any form, along with its supporters, must be fought tooth and nail through unified international action.
Matters looked good on the domestic front in 2017, with the Kingdom seeing several historical decisions to herald in a better future.
It is hoped that 2018 will see a better world, particularly as regards to solving difficult and worrisome regional issues.