It is with profound sadness that the Middle East Policy Council announces the sudden passing from a stroke of our president, the Hon. Ford M. Fraker, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the Labor Day weekend.
Almost all America’s closest allies have cautioned US President Donald Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital warning of potentially grave repercussions. France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Turkey have all urged him to reconsider.
On Friday, November 24 Egypt was rocked by terrorist attacks targeting worshipers gathered at the Al Rawda mosque, a Sufi mosque in the Sinai.
The U.S. government has indicated that it is likely to shut down the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
I am honoured to have the opportunity to address you in the fourth year of this important forum, the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate.
The human race has been gifted with an amazing capacity for problem-solving. With God’s will there is nothing we cannot achieve. Scientists have cured illnesses that used to be death sentences.
Allegations that Iran plans to build permanent military bases in Syria, some in close proximity to the Israeli border, have alarmed the region.
The last few days have seen important and potentially defining developments in Saudi Arabia. Traditionally cautious and conservative in the areas of domestic social, political, and economic reform, the Saudi leadership has undertaken dramatic steps to address each of those areas.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation has caught people in Lebanon and the broader region largely by surprise. Mr. Hariri cited fear for his personal safety as the main reason, pointing the finger at Iran and its ally Hezbollah as destabilizing elements in his country.