Abu Dhabi- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash called for building a moderate Arab centre that is united in its promotion of a stable, open, and dynamic region.
Gargash considered Iran’s aggressive regional policies reflective of the state-society dichotomy dominating its internal politics. “Iran has been further emboldened by the recent nuclear deal, interpreting it as acquiescence of its regional expansion,” he added.
During the third Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, Gargash said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict vividly demonstrates what happens when we fail to make the difficult choices. “For over six decades, the Palestinian issue has been a source of regional instability, extremism and numerous wars, testing the regional and international order,” he added.
Gargash continued that even though a political solution is within reach, there is still a lack of political will to take the necessary steps required.
“Following eight years of weakened American engagement in the region, which many feel has created a disconcerting vacuum, it looks like we will have to wait a little longer until the contours of President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to the region become clearer. It is essential that there is an overarching strategy rather than isolated positions towards regional issues,” he added.
“The world we live in is one of growing uncertainty in the political, economic, and social arenas. The impact of these developments is felt most acutely here in the Arab world and the Middle East, which is no stranger to uncertainty and instability,” Gargash said.
He added, “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.”