Voices from the Arab press


WHEN MAN’S TRUE NATURE IS PUT TO THE TEST 

Al-Jazirah, Saudi Arabia, March 29
One of the crucial fascinating issues about crises and pure disasters is that they reveal the true nature of man: his morals, his humanity, his patriotism, and above all, his sense of loyalty to others. The coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world from one excessive to the opposite, together with within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has revealed our individuals’s love for his or her homeland. 
A gaggle of actual property homeowners within the kingdom has taken the initiative to waive all hire funds for tenants whereas different homeowners have postponed them till additional discover. Such beneficiant initiatives exhibit the loyalty and kinship that our countrymen really feel for each other. These noble people perceive that now could be the time to return a favor to the nation that gave us so many nice alternatives. 
Irrespective of how lengthy it takes, the pandemic will ultimately finish. As soon as the storm clouds clear above us, we are going to lastly be capable of see how atypical Saudis served their homeland in dire occasions, how they practiced selflessness and empathy at occasions of despair. Our nation, my associates, goes by way of an unprecedented disaster and it wants you to face up and make sacrifices! Those that fail to step as much as the plate will likely be remembered. 
The dominion has supplied us with a way of safety and prosperity, and the time has come for us to return the favor to our beloved homeland. Simply go searching us and evaluate the fully-stocked cabinets in all of our supermarkets, with the lengthy queues exterior grocery shops all over the world. That is the final word manifestation of our solidarity and sense of obligation to one another. 

On this context, I name upon all of these in positions of energy to assist the state as a lot as potential. This isn’t solely the ethical factor to do, but additionally the egotistical factor: Ultimately, the survival of the nation means the survival of our personal wealth. This pandemic won’t finish except we proceed to share our assets, assist one another and apply tolerance.– Muhammad Al-Sheikh

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GOVERNMENTS BETWEEN THEIR IMAGE AND THE SAFETY OF THEIR POPULATIONS
Asharq Al-Awsat, London, March 29
The appalling COVID-19 epidemic has revealed a political disaster no much less critical than the illness itself. It has reached a stage the place some governments have falsified statistics concerning the variety of morbidities and mortalities inside their jurisdictions and have even filtered hospital info. All of that is achieved with a purpose to preserve a optimistic picture of those governments each internally and externally. 
The disaster is bigger in international locations that haven’t solely stored silent, however kept away from taking selections that may tarnish their picture, as an alternative selecting to concern statements of reassurance and denial. The hazard of those practices has been restricted not solely to their very own residents, but additionally to these of different international locations. At a time when the world is in search of larger cooperation in an effort to curb the escalation of the illness, the People and the Chinese language are engulfed in a serious propaganda conflict towards one another. 
The well-oiled Chinese language media marketing campaign celebrating Beijing’s medical achievements is matched by a deliberate China-smear marketing campaign originating in the US. That is even supposing US President Donald Trump spoke together with his Chinese language counterpart and agreed to battle the virus collectively. The decision got here after the G20 summit, chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, which was held forward of its deliberate date on the request of Saudi Arabia, given the grave worldwide circumstances. 
Many governments are lastly altering their positions after realizing that mendacity and obfuscating with epidemic information will come again to hang-out them. Certainly, the virus has been most threatening in international locations like Iran, which has refused to deal with the state of affairs in an open and clear method. Governments which have neither the braveness to announce the right numbers nor the audacity to make troublesome selections can pay the worth greater than different international locations, particularly as we have no idea the depth of the disaster. 

Honesty isn’t a advantage, however a necessity. The World Well being Group has already introduced that it’ll help solely these international locations that declare they’re extra affected than others. This has prompted some nations to reveal their information and at last prioritize the safety of their residents over the safety of their picture. –Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed 

 

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WILL THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS REVIVE REGIONAL COOPERATION?
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a gaggle of nations in South Asia, related in operate to the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Nonetheless, SAARC has by no means been an efficient regional discussion board, particularly in gentle of the rising rivalry between two of its members: India and Pakistan. Curiously, the affiliation – which additionally consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka – is now witnessing a reawakening in gentle of the coronavirus epidemic. 
Final week, throughout a joint video convention with SAARC leaders, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed a regional motion plan to deal with the epidemic and introduced the creation of an emergency fund, with an Indian contribution of $10 million. India dedicated to offering a fast response workforce of medical doctors and well being employees, in addition to some take a look at and examination kits. Different member-states additionally contributed funds, bringing the overall quantity at SAARC’s disposal to $18.three million. This cooperation displays a excessive degree of shared dedication to confront the coronavirus epidemic within the area. 
Certainly, the unfold of the virus seems to be bringing to the fore beforehand unimaginable partnerships amongst South Asian international locations, offering an unprecedented alternative for extra regional cooperation. In a separate effort to extend worldwide cooperation, Modi held phone consultations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concerning the coronavirus state of affairs within the kingdom, and about steps that could possibly be taken to cut back the pandemic’s affect on well being all over the world. 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the moment holds the chairmanship of the G20 and is working intently with the World Well being Group to watch the unfold of the illness, trade related info on early detection and promote finest practices in preventive measures. India and Saudi Arabia acknowledge the significance of their strategic partnership as members of the G20. The leaders of the 2 international locations are making concerted efforts to mobilize international cooperation in coping with the quite a few challenges posed by the pandemic. Particularly, the dominion is working to assist nations cut back the financial impacts of shutdowns, with the hope of selling the required measures to keep up the steadiness of the worldwide financial system. – Zikru Al-Rahman

Translated by Asaf Zilberfarb.



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