The Manama Dialogue
Foreign, Defence Ministers and Senior Officials to Meet at Region’s Premier Foreign Policy Forum
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) will bring together over 25 official government delegations to participate in the 6th IISS Regional Security Summit, The Manama Dialogue, to be held 11-13 December 2009 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.
Security dilemmas, challenges and opportunities in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to be at the forefront of discussion as the Manama Dialogue will be joined by Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iran and Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, as well as their counterparts from the GCC, regional and international community. General David Petraeus, Commander, US Central Command (CENTCOM), will play a pivotal role in the Dialogue and will address regional security architecture, as well as conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings with the chiefs of the staff from the considerable military delegations also participating.
Regional delegations will also include Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, 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 and the United Kingdom. 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 a Keynote Address. The programme for Saturday 12 December will include plenary sessions, to be addressed by delegation leaders, as well as a special Dinner Address. 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.