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The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) bears the re­spon­si­bil­ity of head­ing the Arab joint ac­tion to se­cure the ba­sic Arabs’ in­ter­ests, and lead­ing them to safety, said Kuwait’s for­mer First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. The GCC has to co­or­di­nate with the other Arab coun­tries that are still united to avoid fur­ther dis­in­te­gra­tion and col­lapse in the re­gion, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah said af­ter tak­ing part in the first ses­sion of the Third Abu Dhabi Strate­gic De­bate. The ses­sion was themed ‘the Gulf in a chang­ing in­ter­na­tional and re­gional sys­tem.’ He noted that the new year would see sev­eral “un­cer­tain” changes and con­di­tions whose reper­cus­sions, on the in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics of the strate­gic arena.

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah re­ferred to the po­ten­tial ap­proach to be adopted by the new US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and its im­pact on the Euro­pean pol­i­tics, as well as the ef­fect of the Brexit on the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of the con­ti­nent, be­side se­lec­tions in France and Ger­many.

The Arab World is fac­ing nu­mer­ous chal­lenges on the na­tional level, be­sides the re­gional haz­ards in the Mid­dle East, namely the for­eign in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of the GCC states, ter­ror­ism, and Is­rael, he said. Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah pointed to the neg­a­tive im­pact on the Pales­tini­ans who have been suf­fer­ing non-stop in­jus­tice and per­se­cu­tion amid the crit­i­cal con­di­tions of the Arab World. Ac­cord­ing to the for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial, the GCC is the only re­gional en­tity that with has stood the ‘Tsunami’ of events in the re­gion. He said that the Arab sys­tem is in need to be re­vamped af­ter the changes that hit it.


Mean­while, Chair­per­son of the UAE Poli­cies Cen­ter Dr Ibti­sam AlKetbi, told the ses­sion that the Third Abu Dhabi Strate­gic De­bate pro­vides a re­view of the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments, on the po­lit­i­cal-se­cu­rity, and the eco­nomic-devel­op­ment lev­els.

The GCC states have turned into a ful­crum and a re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ac­tive player, that some Arab coun­tries of strate­gic weight, rely on for dis­solv­ing their crises and restor­ing their sta­bil­ity. The con­fer­ence that wraps up dis­cus­sions on Mon­day, cover ex­ten­sively the com­plex po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity is­sues in the re­gion and the world in light of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion’s po­ten­tial shifts in for­eign pol­icy.

The ADSD has gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a pres­ti­gious plat­form at the in­ter­na­tional level to dis­cuss pol­icy and strat­egy, geopo­lit­i­cal shifts, re­gional and global po­lit­i­cal ends, na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues in the Arab world, as well as threats posed by an un­prece­dented pat­tern of ter­ror­ist and ex­trem­ist groups. The ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence is to pro­vide a clear vi­sion of fu­ture trends of the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem, and to ad­dress these chal­lenges in their var­i­ous forms. —KUNA

ABU DHABI: Kuwait’s for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah (cen­ter) par­tic­i­pates in the first ses­sion of the Third Abu Dhabi Strate­gic De­bate. —KUNA

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