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The Middle East's premier defence security summit has reached its conclusion. Over three days, the world's leading policymakers gathered to examine the Middle East's most pressing security questions.
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The British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, emphasised the UK's renewed commitment to the Gulf in his opening Keynote. 'Britain is back, east of Suez', he said.
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In the first plenary session, US Secretary of Defense Dr Ashton Carter urged Middle East nations to 'get in the game' and join efforts aimed at ensuring regional stability.
In this wide-ranging discussion, Ayad Allawi, Sameh Shoukry and Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa shared their understanding of how regional powers can shape Middle East stability, and suggested that for regional cooperation initiatives to be successful, greater trust between Arab nations and Iran is needed.
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, France's Jean-Yves Le Drian and Singapore's Ng Eng Hen delivered thoughtful analyses of how to disrupt extremist ideology and formulate coordinated responses to evolving terrorist threats.
Japan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura, and General (Retd) David Petraeus, examined the challenges facing East Asia and the Middle East respectively, and how policymakers should reach out to each other to find answers to enduring questions, from extremism to nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation.
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In this concluding Plenary, Dr Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs and National Security, inspired a lively debate about regional cooperation, power balances and sovereignty.
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