ABU DHABI, October 3, 2021 (WAM) – A number of UAE ministers and officials attended the World Policy Conference, held in Abu Dhabi, to share the country’s geopolitical, cultural and economic priorities.
Founded in 2008 by Thierry de Montbrial, President of the French Institute of International Relations, the World Policy Conference held its fourteenth edition for the first time from October 1 to 3, 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. The World Policy Conference brings together high-level policy makers, academics and thought leaders from over 40 countries to discuss solutions to contemporary global challenges and forge links between key international players.
UAE officials attending the World Policy Conference included Dr Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State; Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, Minister of State; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; and Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi, Director of the Department for International Security Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Dr Gargash participated in a discussion with Thierry de Montbrial on geopolitical issues on Saturday October 2. During his participation, Gargash addressed regional and international challenges, noting that “Confrontation is not the way forward. Conversation is rather the way forward. The UAE makes every effort to maintain dialogue among the States The Abrahamic Accords are emblematic of this: the Accords succeeded in breaking down the psychological barrier to peace and strengthening the economic and interpersonal benefits that all can derive from it.
“The UAE has historically played an important role as a mediator and facilitator, and our priority is to maintain the fabric of trust in the international community in order to encourage positive engagement between states,” added Dr Gargash.
While attending an Africa workshop on Saturday, Sheikh Shakhbout Al Nahyan reviewed the UAE’s efforts to strengthen partnerships across the African continent, highlighting how the UAE has developed their economic and political relations with African states in recent years.
Sheikh Shakhbout said: “We are delighted to enter a new era, post COVID-19, where we will be able to forge stronger partnerships across Africa in the hope of creating a better future for our countries. and regions, a future based on stability, security and sustainability. We understand that the only way to achieve this is through dialogue, open channels of communication, the exchange of information and knowledge, and most importantly, the development of strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial. “
Almarar, in a session titled “Middle East and External Powers” held on Sunday, October 3, underscored the UAE’s commitment to enhancing regional stability and security through a multilateral approach based on rules in coordination with its international partners.
In his remarks, Almarar said: “We must recognize that there are legitimate concerns and a legitimate interest among the world powers in the development of the Middle East with regard to security and stability. the region can make a very complex situation more complex. Therefore, we believe that it is necessary to promote stability, security and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Al Hashemy attended virtually to highlight the UAE’s hosting of Expo 2020 Dubai, stating: “I am proud to share with you that yesterday’s opening of Expo 2020 Dubai exemplified the years hard work and aspirations of the UAE and all participating countries.With 192 participating countries, Expo 2020 Dubai will act as a global platform dedicated to bringing people, nations and communities together to build bridges, enable action and inspire real solutions to real-world challenges for the first time since the start of the pandemic. It is also an opportunity for humanity to come together in a spirit of hope, optimism and positive change for the future.”
Al Zaabi took part in a session on “Afghanistan and the Sahel” on Sunday. During his participation, Al Zaabi reviewed the UAE’s efforts to address humanitarian and security situations in areas currently in conflict, noting: “The historical importance of Afghanistan cannot be underestimated. -estimated, nor its impact on the regional climate for security and stability.