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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

UAE and Saudi Arabia look for allies to fight threats

Dr Abdukhaleq Abdulla, chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, said the neighbours are no longer relying on the US as a single ally

Salem Alyami, political analyst and former adviser at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (far right) said the Qatar crisis will continue to create instability in the region. Pawan Singh / The National
Salem Alyami, political analyst and former adviser at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (far right) said the Qatar crisis will continue to create instability in the region. Pawan Singh / The National

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are looking to a broader range of allies as they look to combat complex threats in the Middle East, a political commentator says.

“They are not betting on Washington anymore and a single strategic ally,” said Dr Abdukhaleq Abdullah, chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, speaking at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate.

"They are looking for new strategic partners, with attempts in Russia and Asia.

"From now on, there is a UAE and Saudi political, economic and diplomatic force and the decision will be a Gulf decision as they will form developments in the region.”

Salem Alyami, political analyst and former adviser at the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs, said there was a need to "view security from an Arab angle”.

"We need to be convinced in the GCC that the commodity of security needs to be shared by other countries."

According to studies, he said, the GCC military force is not up to a security threat.

“If the Gulf crisis with Qatar persists, it will keep our region from achieving its own security and, more dangerously, the crisis will divide GCC political structures,” Mr Alyami said.

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