UAE a Stabilizing Force in the Middle East

  • 7 November 2010

The UAE has become a source of stability in the Middle East not only by virtue of its positions, policies and international relations but also due to the serious efforts it has made to provide a framework for dialogue on issues related to security, stability and development among officials, experts and decision makers in the region and beyond. In this context, the first session of the Bani Yas Forum on Peace and Global Security, organized by the UAE from Nov 5–8 in collaboration with the International Peace Institute, was an initiative aimed at exchanging views in regard to the emerging geographical and political challenges in the Middle East and developing consensus to reach effective solutions to problems facing the region. More than 20 ministers of foreign affairs from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, besides a number of prominent figures as well as business leaders are to take part in the initiative.

The forum, which is being organized by the UAE in partnership with a prestigious organization, unveils a number of important aspects. The first is that the UAE – under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – is playing an outstanding role in laying down the framework of a regional and international cooperation to tackle issues that threaten the security and stability of the Middle East due to its great strategic importance to the entire world. This was referred to by UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan when he said that the UAE extends “comprehensive support to find solutions for regional problems that are witnessed in the region”. As a result, the country, through this forum, is making an important contribution to create a coherent vision in regards to international security in general.

Secondly, the vitality of the UAE’s foreign policy in years gone by has succeeded in making the country an effective starting point for dealing with pressing matters on both the regional and international arenas and has created a platform for the implementation of a rational vision. On top of these is the issue of security, which is a major challenge. There is no doubt that meeting of such a large number of foreign ministers, officials and experts to discuss issues related to peace and security in the Middle East is an expression of the international appreciation of the UAE’s foreign policy that has always supported efforts to achieve peace, stability and development all over the world. The UAE has also taken the initiative to coordinate with leaderships across the world on international efforts to deal with the challenges. The Sir Bani Yas Forum is bringing together officials and experts in search of strategies to confront security challenges similar to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi and is coordinating efforts on one of the major development issues, renewable energy.