Everyone saw how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, visited Riyadh and sat in the front rows when there was no one from the official protocol and the high-ranking guests yet at the Future Investment Initiative conference that was held in Riyadh.
He cut his holiday short and joined the conference in response to boycott calls which news of were carried out by international agencies and he agreed to participate in the dialogues and not just to attend. He was there for three days. The forum was also attended by other political figures who went there to voice their support of the Saudi leadership.
During big crises, neutrality is also a stance.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi voiced a strong stance with Riyadh. He was quick to warn Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Brotherhood Ennahda Party, after a statement supporting Qatar and Turkey in their media war against Saudi Arabia over the case of the murder of our colleague Jamal Khashoggi was attributed to him. President Essebsi said: “We believe what happened to Khashoggi is horrible but to exploit this to target the entire of Saudi Arabia and harm its stability, then this is not (acceptable) as it harms the stability of the entire Arab world.”
Most policymakers are aware of the important of differentiating between a hideous a crime and the regional conflict; the crime will not last but the conflict will prolong. Countries’ higher interests cannot be forsaken just because Turkey and Qatar decided to expand the scope of the crisis.Abdulrahman al-Rashed