The UK Foreign Secretary, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, delivered the Keynote Speech on the opening night of the 12th IISS Manama Dialogue. Here are all the highlights from the first day of the Middle East's premier defence diplomacy summit.

The first day of the IISS Manama Dialogue got underway with opening remarks from Dr John Chipman, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive. The Keynote Speech, from the British Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, emphasised the UK's renewed commitment to the Gulf. 'Britain is back, east of Suez', he said.


This is part of a series of posts for the 2016 Manama Voices blog, which provides analysis and commentary from IISS experts throughout the IISS Manama Dialogue, to be held in Bahrain on 9–11 December 2016.

For full coverage of the proceedings visit the IISS Manama Dialogue 2016 website. All participants will be encouraged to use #IISSMD2016 to share their insights on social media. 

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IISS Manama Dialogue 2016

The 12th IISS Manama Dialogue will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 9–11 December.

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