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Sultan Al Jaber: UAE's Diplomacy promotes the country's stature internationally

posted on 14/07/2015: 1287 views

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, has stressed that EDA's establishment embodies the directives of UAE's wise leadership and its conviction that the foreign policy is an integral part, which contributes to shaping the future and strengthening the position of the UAE in the international arena.

He pointed out that the EDA is working on outlining new standards based on accurate reading of reality and scientific extrapolation to meet the aspirations of the UAE diplomacy to continue the achievements in terms of foreign policy and international relations.

Al Jaber told the Arabic-language local daily, Al Khaleej, in an interview published yesterday that the academy seeks to promote the UAE's diplomacy based on comprehensive scientific models, including scientific research, academic studies and executive training to provide decision-makers with the tools and standards that help achieve effective impact on the State's present and future.

Sultan commended the role of Emirati youth, adding that "they are becoming more aware of the issues and needs of their homeland," expecting that the academy will attract many national qualifications capable of achieving excellence in the field of diplomatic work.

Speaking about the role of the EDA in the development of the UAE's foreign policy, Al Jaber said that United Arab Emirates success lies in the long-term vision of the country's wise leadership that always directs for integration between the successes of the present and exploration of new future horizons.

He added that the EDA is mandated to support the State's foreign policy and strengthen international and diplomatic relations as well as international cooperation through applying international best practices to qualify, train and strengthen competence of the diplomatic and consular corps, as well as all those working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EDA's students from ministries and other institutions.

Al Jaber continued, "In order to achieve this goal, EDA's effort focused on providing a sound scientific basis and regulating the organisational, administrative and operational structures to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and tangible results."

About whether the role of the Academy will be limited to the academic aspect, training and rehabilitation of cadres, Al Jaber affirmed that the rehabilitation and training is only one aspect of many tasks to be undertaken by the EDA that will provide several mechanisms to support the decision-making process and promote the UAE diplomatic relations at various levels.

Al Jaber pointed out that through this approach the academy will work to provide academic studies, researches and work papers associated with many of relevant issues.

He added that the main reason behind the establishment of the Academy is to play a central and essential role in building national cadres specialised in diplomatic sciences, advanced scientific research and executive training to enable the country to consolidate its positive and fruitful relations with all world countries.

About the teaching staff at the Academy, Al Jaber explained that the academy has adopted a scientific approach in accordance with international academic standards, and made sure that to recruit a selection of academics, researchers, local and international diplomats, who are capable to provide the national cadres with experiences that will qualify them to be future diplomats.

Al Jaber said that the academy will be keen to attract local and visiting international lecturers who have significant experience in the diplomatic and the academic fields, adding that the academy will also work to build partnerships with its counterparts from international academic institutions to exchange experiences and work on continuous development to upgrade the scientific performance of the Academy.

He noted that young Emiratis, women and men, are characterised today more than ever before with great consciousness of the national issues and have more understanding of the requirements of the State to continue progress as well as the distinct position that the country seeks to, thanks to the transparent relationship between the UAE leadership and citizens in general, especially young people who have the special care and attention.

Dr. Sultan noted that the Academy will address global and regional issues from an objective perspective by building a comprehensive knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy as well as providing technical and advisory support to other government bodies. The Academy also seeks to involve local, regional and global institutions in its various activities.

About the academic year, he said, it would commence in September with at least 50 students, adding that the Academy receives applications from those interested in different aspects of foreign policy and international relations, including politics, international security, business, trade or international scientific and cultural issues. It also receives those interested in collective work and seek to support others, and citizens who like to travel around the world and ready to work under challenges and ready to adapt to various cultures as well as those with capacities in innovative and analytic thinking.

Dr. Sultan added that the Academy will present to decision and policy makers depth analyses on important issues at the regional and international levels, adding that the analyses include a number of themes covering the economy, energy and international security and the post-conflict diplomacy and sustainable development and multilateral diplomacy.

Referring to Prince Saud Al Faisal, who passed away last week, he said the deceased had a special fingerprints on Saudi Arabia diplomacy in particular and the Arab diplomacy in general. Dr. Al Jaber said that the departure of Prince Saud Al Faisal was a big loss for the Arab diplomacy. He was a pioneer, whose wisdom and moderation helped tackled various issues.

He added that, "Although the Arab diplomacy had lost a great symbol, but our consolation is that the cumulative expertise of the late Prince Saud and the lessons learned from his long career will be a key reference for future diplomats to achieve more accomplishments for the Arab diplomacy in regional and international forums." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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