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GCC spearheads Arab cooperation
08 : 46 AM - 14/11/2016
Abu Dhabi, Nov. 14 (BNA): The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bears the responsibility of spearheading the Arab joint action to secure the basic Arabs' interests, and leading them to safety, said Kuwait's former First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

The GCC has to coordinate with the other Arab countries that are still united to avoid further disintegration and collapse in the region, Shaikh Mohammad Al-Sabah told KUNA after taking part in the first session of the Third Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The session was themed "the Gulf in a changing international and regional system." He noted that the new year would see several "uncertain" changes and conditions whose repercussions, on the international politics of the strategic arena.

Shaikh Mohammad Al-Sabah referred to the potential approach to be adopted by the new US president Donald Trump, and its impact on the European politics, as well as the effect of the Brexit on the political and economic situation of the continent, beside selections in France and Germany.

The Arab World is facing numerous challenges on the national level, besides the regional hazards in the Middle East, namely the foreign interference in the internal affairs of the GCC states, terrorism, and Israel, he said.

Shaikh Mohammad Al-Sabah pointed to the negative impact on the Palestinians who have been suffering non-stop injustice and persecution amid the critical conditions of the Arab World.

According to the former senior official, the GCC is the only regional entity that with has stood the 'tsunami' of events in the region. He said that the Arab system is in need to be revamped after the changes that hit it.

Chairperson of the UAE Policies Centre, Dr. Ibtisam Al-Ketbi, told the session that the Third Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate provides a review of the regional and international developments, on the political-security, and the economic-development levels.

The GCC states have turned into a fulcrum and a regional and international active player, that some Arab countries of strategic weight, rely on for dissolving their crises and restoring their stability.

The conference that wrapped up its discussions on Monday, cover extensively the complex political and security issues in the region and the world in light of the new administration's potential shifts in foreign policy.

The ADSD has gained a reputation as a prestigious platform at the international level to discuss policy and strategy, geopolitical shifts, regional and global political ends, national security issues in the Arab world, as well as threats posed by an unprecedented pattern of terrorist and extremist groups.

The objective of the conference is to provide a clear vision of future trends of the international system, and to address these challenges in their various forms, KUNA reported.


BNA 0542 GMT 2016/11/14

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