With 2009 coming to a close and no noticeable progress made on advancing peace in the Middle East during the first year of the Obama administration, the Russian Federation as a member of the Quartet is moving forward to assert its role and its interests in the region. Middle East peace is in the direct interest of Russia and the Russians have the ability to bring all of the relevant players around the table.
The Dead Sea conference is a non-official beginning to bring concerned actors from the region together for open and direct dialogue on issues that are of great concern – regional security, preventing nuclear proliferation, and energy needs concerns and markets. The conferences discussions will be organized in sessions focusing on:
• Conflict Settlement: Towards a Regional Balance
• Strengthening the Non-proliferation: The Middle Eastern Aspect
• Global Energy Security: The Role of the Middle East
• Non-regional Players and Their Role in the Middle East
The conference is being attended by leading analysts, scientists, politicians and journalists who are experts on the Middle East settlement and regional and energy security from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Britain, France and the United States.
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, Evgeny Primakov, a member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and former Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Ala will be addressing the conference as guests of honor.
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