Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, center, talks during the Forum MED 2017, a summit of foreign ministers of Mediterranean countries, in Rome, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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When Italy organized a conference focused on the Middle East, the Gulf and North Africa, it promised to look beyond the turmoil roiling the region and instead promote a "positive agenda".Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, captured the gloom, bemoaning "a lack of wisdom" in the region, with "no hope" on hand for ordinary people hoping for an end to years of conflict, upheaval and sectarianism.The foreign ministers of both Iran and Saudi Arabia addressed the conference, taking turns to trade barbs.Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry warned that Daesh fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq had come to his country, where an attack on a mosque in Sinai last month had killed more than 300 people.Last year, the then secretary of state, John Kerry, participated.
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