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Over three days of high-level debate at this year's IISS Manama Dialogue, several key themes emerged. As well as the Middle East's ongoing conflicts, these included Trump's Jerusalem decision and the need to give hope to the youth of the Middle East, by means of economic development.
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In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, both in terms of subjects and geographical scope, the third plenary session saw foreign ministers from Japan, India and Oman all call for the building of collaborative partnerships to foster prosperity.
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'Trump's Jerusalem decision is a gift to radicalism', said UAE Foreign Minister Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, who, alongside UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh Al Fayad, led a discussion in Saturday's second plenary session on how to respond to extremism.
In Saturday's opening session, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and former CIA Director General (Retd) David Petraeus, highlighted regional security challenges and offered ways to create a stable regional security architecture.
The 13th IISS Manama Dialogue took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 8–10 December.
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