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UAE minister: US will remain an institution no matter who is at helm

The UAE’s cabinet minister Mohammad Al Gergawi has commented on how things might change in the region now that Donald Trump is President-elect for the US.

Currently, political observers and business analysts across the world are busy predicting what policies Donald Trump may espouse.

One pressing question is: How will diplomatic relations between nations fare in a Trump era?

Many heads of states congratulated Trump on his victory, but none of these is certain how the Republican, whose foreign policies are not clear yet, would engage with his counterparts.

(See how Middle East leaders reacted to Trump’s victory)

When asked, the UAE’s cabinet affairs minister said that he is of the opinion that the US is an institution and would remain one irrespective of who is at the helm.

Mohammad Al Gergawi said the UAE has been in a good relationship with the US since the times of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of the nation, and predicts that the good relations will be maintained.

“As an institution, the US is there and people will come and go,” he said on Monday while addressing the media at the World Economic Forum’s Inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, currently held in the emirate of Dubai.

‘Trump’s approach’

Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who is not yet sure about “Trump’s approach”, called on the new president-elect to take a more active role in the Middle East, stating that US interventions are crucial to the region.

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“While we do not yet know how the foreign policy of the new American administration will affect our region, we can be certain of one thing: American global engagement remains crucial to ensure a stable, peaceful and predictable international system,” Dr Gargash said in a speech at Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate on Sunday.

“Despite the fact that we live in an increasingly multi-polar world, Washington’s weight and influence remains more important than ever.

“Following weakened American engagement in the region – which many feel has created a disconcerting vacuum – it looks like we will have to wait a little longer until president-elect Trump’s approach becomes clearer,” the minister added.

Don’t worry, be happy, for now

Meanwhile, experts say it is too early to be excited or even worried.

“There are a number of areas in which Trump’s campaign statements are in conflict with one another. Those include issued related to the Middle East and broad economic policy questions,” Douglas A. Rediker, Executive Chairman of policy and markets advisory International Capital Strategies, told AMEinfo.

“Anyone in early-mid November argues we can predict what the impacts will be is probably going to be wrong as likely he is to be wrong,” added Rediker.