Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs expert and historian, saying that the Houthi threats will change the regional policy of the UAE, said Abu Dhabi is not basically Yemen’s neighbor. Saudi Arabia has claims for its neighborhood with Yemen which are open to question, but the UAE’s involvement in the Yemeni war is only due to its close ties to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.
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Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst commenting on a UAE decision to pull back troops from Yemen, said: “The field equations in Yemen are changing, which shows that there is no possibility for Saudi Arabia and its allies to win the war, which is why the UAE motives in invading Yemen are declining day by day.”
Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asia affairs commenting on the UAE decision to withdraw from Yemen and reduce its troops, said: “The UAE, sooner than Saudi Arabia, realized that Yemen was indeed a quagmire; as Kuwait was a swamp for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and resulted in his downfall Yemen too could decide the same fate for the interventionists.”
Strategic Council Online: Following the revolutions in Arab states these countries have adopted policies to change the course of the events out of concern over the influence of Islamists or the spread of democracy.
Strategic Council Online: What happened in Sudan, or the issue that led to a coup or quasi coup d’état in this country, go back to a number of factors and reasons such as the ineffectiveness of the political system of Omar al-Bashir government, as well as his actions over the past few years on foreign policy among others.
Ahmad Bakhshi – African Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The new round of rivalries in Libya began when the Turkish and Russian governments sought to pave the way for their exclusive presence in the country under the pretext of a ceasefire. They aimed to forge an agreement between Seraj and Haftar governments without the knowledge of the European states.
Jafar Qanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Referring to the war of words between Turkey and the UAE over Libya, a university professor said that the rivalry that has taken place between the two groups in Libya is an endless game in which neither side will succeed in becoming influential powers in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He said if this trend continues they will not be total victors in Libya.
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said the declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen marked the height of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said: “Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Nations have come to the conclusion that since they cannot exercise their authority and hegemony over the whole of Yemen they dominate southern Yemen by implementing the partition scheme.”
Strategic Council Online: It seems that India and China will continue arms purchases in the coming years, but countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia or some European states whose economies have been hurt by the corona outbreak are forced to adapt to the new conditions and turn a blind eye to the US pressures to buy weapons in the last few months to the US presidential election.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Geopolitical Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: US officials have witnessed a series of open and clandestine steps to launch anti-Iranian movements in Iraq that have not only led to serious setbacks but have also resulted in the expulsion of US troops from Iraq.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Given the recent divergence in Saudi political power system and the opposition of some influential Saudi princes to Mohammed bin Salman’s military strategies, the prolongation of the Yemeni war could intensify competition within the kingdom.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asian affairs said that the Syrians have shown that they have no consideration or reservation for improving relations with the Arab states around them, adding that the Americans do not want an improvement of relations between Syria and Arab states and are exerting pressures so that Damascus would not return to the Arab fold.
Strategic Council Online: Contrary to existing perceptions, Ansarullah faces a limitation in choosing a scenario for the end of the Yemeni crisis that is limited to the display of military power and boosting it. Of course, the Yemeni people in different scenes have shown their ability to execute such a scenario well, and they are fully in line with Ansarullah, which is one of the important parameters in determining the outcome of this brutal war.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: It looks like eventually US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul, will intervene in the current governance process in Afghanistan and bring Abdullah Abdullah to the negotiating table: A situation similar to what happened when John Kerry was in office; that is today a new government will be formed with some differences. In this new government, space will also be opened for the Taliban, and Zalmay will probably succeed in bringing the three currents – Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and Taliban to the negotiating table to pull Afghanistan out of the current situation.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Indian Subcontinent Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A university professor cited US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s goals behind his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the trip was largely meant to prevent Iran from conducting bilateral talks with some countries in the region. He said the US wants to tell Saudi Arabia once again that it does not need to get closer to Iran because Washington will continue its policy of maximum pressure against Iran.
Strategic Council Online: What we have witnessed in the recent widespread operations of the Ansarullah movement and the Yemeni people’s armies against Saudi positions is, on the one hand, an attempt to persuade Saudi Arabia to admit its military weaknesses inside Yemen, and on the other, an attempt to thwart troublesome and armed moves of mercenary groups seeking to disrupt the situation in Sanaa (the capital of Yemen) and create new insecurity in the region.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: Referring to a UN official’s warning against strengthening of terrorists’ positions and efforts to revive ISIS, a West Asian affairs expert said given that Idlib is the last hope for the terrorists and their overseas supporters, the possibility of boosting these terrorist groups exists and therefore the Idlib war will be very difficult to fight.
Two senior Iranian diplomats who attended a conference in Tehran under the theme “Islamic World and Deal of the Century” emphasized that the essence of the Deal of the Century was the annihilation of Palestine, though it had a brief look at the domestic policy of America and the Zionist regime.
Strategic Council Online: The Americans themselves know that the plan is not coming to fruition, but are keen to press the Palestinians with economic tools, a Middle East affairs analyst said.
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said: Asymmetric approaches are needed to solve the region’s problems, both politically and militarily, as the current diplomacy pursued through international organizations or dialogue with global powers is ineffective.