The National quotes Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe on the future of the relationship between the United States and the Middle East:

The US’s rapprochement with Iran caused concern in the Arab world, especially in the Gulf. “This region has trusted the US too much and they have not got what they wanted from them,” Dr bin Huwaidin said. “The Americans make the mess and we are cleaning up the mess now. They need to stand by us and with us but we do not see that.”

Some said there was a positive future to be had in the Middle East. “One scenario is turning the corner,” said Frederick Kempe, president and chief executive of the Atlantic Council in the US. “The UAE is a good model but it has not yet been able to expand that model to its neighbours.”

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