The fifth annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate kicks off in UAE capital

 The fifth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate (ADSD) kicked off in the UAE capital on Sunday with opening remarks given by the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Al Gargash. (AN Photo)
Updated 11 November 2018
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The fifth annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate kicks off in UAE capital

  • The two-day fifth Abu Dhabi Stategic Debate focuses on international politics and an in-depth look at the Arab world as a "a region of turmoil and unprecedented transformation”
  • ADSD, was created by the Abu Dhabi-based think tank, the Emirates Policy Center, will focus on International politics and establishing how to better understand and predict future shifts

ABU DHABI: The fifth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate (ADSD) kicked off in the UAE capital on Sunday with opening remarks given by the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Al Gargash.

Gargash praised US President Donald Trump for America’s new sanctions imposed on Iran and condemned the country’s “menacing” actions in the region.

“The softer approach has failed,” Gargash said as he called for stronger action by allies in the Western world against Iran and its role as the “primary force of instability in the region.”

He also praised Saudi Arabia as a key player in enhancing military and diplomatic capabilities to fight extremism and instability in the GCC.

“The UAE is preparing itself for the future - for what comes after oil. That is why we are investing in knowledge, technology and education” Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center said.

The two-day fifth Abu Dhabi Stategic Debate focuses on international politics and an in-depth look at the Arab world as a "a region of turmoil and unprecedented transformation.”

ADSD, was created by the Abu Dhabi-based think tank, the Emirates Policy Center, will focus on International politics and establishing how to better understand and predict future shifts, with the Emirates power building model being the first issue to address.

The conference will also include sessions on several countries’ policies, including US, Russia, and Europe, while also delving into situations within the Arab World such as Iran and Qatar. The event will allow prominent policy-makers, experts and officials to voice their opinions and thoughts as well as exchange ideas on these regional and international issues.  

Speakers at the debate include Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, Former Yemeni Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and President and CEO of International Crisis Group Robert Malley


Libya’s Haftar says to fight until Tripoli ‘militias’ defeated

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Libya’s Haftar says to fight until Tripoli ‘militias’ defeated

  • Haftar had justified the offensive last month by saying he was fighting against “private militias and extremist groups”
  • 100,000 people are feared trapped by the clashes raging on the outskirts of Tripoli

PARIS: Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is leading a military offensive against the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, said in an interview published Sunday he will continue fighting until militias in the city laid down their arms.
Haftar had justified the offensive last month by saying he was fighting against “private militias and extremist groups” who he said were gaining influence in the capital under Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.
“Of course a political solution is the objective,” Haftar told the Journal de Dimanche newspaper in France. “But to return to politics, we need to finish with the militias.
“The problem in Tripoli is a security one.”
He offered an amnesty to fighters in Tripoli who laid down their arms, saying they would be allowed to “return home safe and sound.”
He also took aim at UN mediator Ghassan Salame, who has warned the country is “committing suicide” due to a conflict that 6-10 foreign states are involved in.
“Salame is making irresponsible statements,” Haftar said. “He wasn’t like that before, he has changed. From an impartial and honest mediator, he has become a biased one.”
Salame has warned that Haftar’s offensive is “just the start of a long and bloody war.”
More than 75,000 people have been driven from their homes in the latest fighting and 510 have been killed, according to the World Health Organization.
More than 2,400 have also been wounded, while 100,000 people are feared trapped by the clashes raging on the outskirts of Tripoli.