Strict sale rules
UAE summit told Trump’s lack of foreign policy is dangerous
Donald Trump risks causing insecurity in the Middle East over his failure to set out a clear foreign policy plan, the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate has heard.
Dr Andrew Parasiliti, Director of the Centre for Global Risk and Security at the RAND defence think tank, said the US president-elect had given conflicting accounts of what he would do if elected, which he said could be dangerous.
Parasiliti told the conference: “If you don’t have a clear agenda on foreign policy – like in the case of Trump – it’s very dangerous because in one way or another it would come back to the American people and consequently to the whole world.”
He continued: “And for things to work out, I believe Trump is going to amend most of his campaign message about the foreign policy in the first 100 days in office, including his stance on NATO and commitment to intervene in the fight against terror in the Middle East.”
On the first day of the conference at Emirates Palace, Arab political experts spoke of the By Ismail Sebugwaawo need for Arab nations to bolster their defence spending in the face of a resurgent Iran and potential American withdrawal.
But General James L Jones, Former US National Security Adviser for President Barack Obama, said he did not envisage any US government cutting support for Arab allies.
He said: “The US has a strong and great relationship with the UAE and other Gulf nations and I see no way this is going to change.
“The US has an obligation to be a good partner in the region and I believe Trump’s government will have to take this on, despite his campaign message that seemed like he would have limited intervention in Middle East affairs.”
Among the other speakers was Jon Huntsman, Chairman of the Atlantic Council and former US ambassador to China. He said: “Donald Trump as a candidate took a variety of positions, and we cannot know whether he will translate those positions into policy or whether they were merely a gateway to the White House.
“One issue one can’t lose sight of is the state fragility at the heart of a rising number of global crises, from a new wave of civil wars in the Middle East, which has led to historic numbers of people displaced by violent conflict, to increased fears from all forms of global terror.” Traders in Ras Al Khaimah will no longer be able to offer discounts or sales in their stores without seeking permission from the authorities first. HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, issued the law yesterday. Traders must detail when a sale begins and when it will be concluded, along with information about the percentage of price reduction or discount. It comes a day after the emirate toughened its rules on outdoor advertising and promotion displays.