American confrontation with China and a “very worrying” geopolitical situation in the world are increasingly a cause for concern for the UAE, according to UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
Speaking at Ideas Abu Dhabi, Gargash said that he has noticed an “introspection” around the world about America’s role in the world.
“In America, there clearly is huge inner dialogue about America’s place in the world, most acutely about America’s place in the Middle East,” he said.
This situation, he said, has made the UAE wonder whether America’s foreign policy is a result of a “normal cyclical battle” or whether it is a fundamental shift in strategy.
“This is very worrying for a country [the UAE] that has always seen America’s role in the region as a positive,” he said.
Gargash added that he is worried about growing tension between the United States and China.
“I am very concerned about this new great power confrontation that could be looming and is being seen as a strategy,” he said. “From our perspective, the more co-operation there is between the US, Europe and China, the better it is also for us.”
“The more agreement we have, the more co-operation we have in the international order, the better it is for us.”
Other speakers at the opening day included former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, UAE Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan and former Italian PM Matteo Renzi.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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