Strict sale rules

UAE sum­mit told Trump’s lack of for­eign pol­icy is dan­ger­ous

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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.

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