Muslims must be vigilant in order to stop colonialism returning to their countries, an advisor to Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz warned.
Speaking at the opening of the 15th Arab Thought Foundation conference, FIKR15, in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said: "I do not envy anyone who stands to speak on behalf of Arabs today. We have wronged Islam and distorted the image of Muslims."
"Excuse me if my candour is painful, but the wounds are glaring."
He added: "Arise Arabs, wake up Muslims, do not allow colonialism to return, or for divisions to prevail."
Held to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the GCC's founding and the 45th anniversary of the UAE's establishment, FIKR15 is titled "Arab Integration: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Arab Emirates".