Leading commentators, ex-diplomats and businessmen got together in Dubai on Tuesday to discuss the state of American engagement, or the lack of it, in the Middle East and its larger ramifications for the geopolitics of the region. Despite the differences of opinion over ways to deal with the rapidly changing circumstances in a challenging economic environment, agreement emerged over the need to develop consensus on all issues.
The Iran question
Concluding the discussion, Faisal J. Abbas said that, despite differences over polices, the region still views America as an ally. (Al Arabiya)