Emi­ratis urged to be vig­i­lant in US

UAE Min­is­ter says US elec­tion raises many ques­tions

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The UAE Con­sul Gen­eral in Los Angeles has warned Emi­ratis in the US to steer clear of protests against Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump. Ab­dulla Al Sa­boosi tweeted yes­ter­day fol­low­ing demon­stra­tions in many cities. He said: “We call on UAE cit­i­zens in the United States to be vig­i­lant and not to ap­proach the sites of demon­stra­tions, which pose the risk of vi­o­lence and ar­rest. “Keep calm if deal­ing with ha­rass­ment and at­tacks re­sult­ing from xeno­pho­bia and racism and get away and con­tact the For­eign Of­fice or em­bassy im­me­di­ately.” A third tweet warned cit­i­zens of a rise in ver­bal and phys­i­cal as­saults on for­eign­ers in re­cent days.

The UAE’s Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs has said Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory has “height­ened un­cer­tainty” around the world.

Dr An­war Gar­gash made the com­ment dur­ing a speech at the Third Abu Dhabi Strate­gic De­bate yes­ter­day. He also said the shock win has gen­er­ated “more ex­cla­ma­tion marks than an­swers” and added the “fu­ture di­rec­tion of [US] for­eign pol­icy is a cause for acute speculation and con­cern”.

Trump’s elec­tion cam­paign failed to out­line a clear for­eign pol­icy, with the Pres­i­dent-elect see­saw­ing on NATO and sug­gest­ing the US would take a more iso­la­tion­ist stance, putting its own in­ter­ests be­fore global ones.

He has also vowed to rip up the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear deal with Iran and op­poses in­ter­na­tional trade pacts.

Gar­gash said: “Amer­ica’s role in the ar­chi­tec­ture of the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional sys­tem is para­mount and it is un­der­stand­able that the fu­ture di­rec­tion of its for­eign pol­icy is a cause for acute speculation and con­cern.

“This fol­lows Brexit and the rise of anti-estab­lish­ment and pop­ulist sen­ti­ments in many parts of the world. The depth and ex­tent of these sen­ti­ments are not yet fully un­der­stood. In short, we are con­fronted with a fluid and com­plex in­ter­na­tional sys­tem in need of di­rec­tion and sta­bil­ity.”

The US has been a key part­ner with Arab states in the war on ter­ror.

Gar­gash said: “The world we live in is one of grow­ing un­cer­tainty in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, and so­cial are­nas. The im­pact of these de­velop- ments are felt most acutely here in the Arab world and the Mid­dle East, which is no stranger to un­cer­tainty and in­sta­bil­ity.

“While we do not yet know how the for­eign pol­icy of the new Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion will af­fect our re­gion, we can be cer­tain of one thing, Amer­i­can global en­gage­ment re­mains cru­cial in or­der to en­sure a sta­ble, peace­ful, and pre­dictable in­ter­na­tional sys­tem.”

‘The world we live in is one of grow­ing un­cer­tainty.’ – Dr An­war Gar­gash

Nigel Farage (right), the head of the Leave move­ment that pro­pelled the United King­dom to exit the Euro­pean Union, has be­come the first Bri­tish politi­cian to meet Don­ald Trump since he won the US elec­tion last week. Trump, who fre­quently likens his cam­paign to the Brexit move­ment, met with Farage in New York.

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