The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is pleased to announce that Sh Dr Muhammad Al Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, will deliver the Keynote Address on 11 December 2009 at the 6th IISS Regional Security Summit, The Manama Dialogue, to be held in Bahrain.
Convened annually, The Manama Dialogue gathers all elements of the national security establishments from the countries of the region with the key external powers. In particular, the 2009 Dialogue will examine critical regional security issues that have a direct impact on government policy in the Persian Gulf.
Regional delegations will include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the UAE and Yemen. Other participants include senior government delegations from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Confirmed delegates among these participating countries comprise prime ministers, foreign ministers, defence ministers, national security advisors, chiefs of intelligence and chiefs of staff.
On Friday, 11 December, Al Arabiya will host a television debate on Prospects for the Manama Dialogue in advance of the summit opening. The Manama Dialogue will formally commence following the debate with the Keynote Address. The programme for Saturday 12 December includes six plenary sessions, to be addressed by delegation leaders. The Dialogue will conclude on Sunday 13 December with a series of delegate-only off-the-record break-out groups. During the summit, private bilateral meetings, ministerial lunches and press conferences will help to further inter-governmental relations and foreign policy directives.