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‘Bridges with everyone’: How Saudi Arabia and UAE are positioning themselves for power

By Andrew England

23 Aug 2023 · 10 min read

By the time dozens of top security officials from across the globe touched down in Saudi Arabia to attend a conference on Ukraine this month, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s main task was complete.

At a similar but smaller gathering in Copenhagen in June, France had asked Riyadh to help pull together a follow-up in the belief that some nations from the so-called global south, including China, would be more comfortable attending if it was organised outside of Europe.

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