Emiratis urged to be vigilant in US
UAE Minister says US election raises many questions
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.