Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates– Tuesday, January 15, 2016: In his office at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi, H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR received H.E. Vasilis Polemitis, ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During the talks, His Excellency Dr. Al-Suwaidi and H.E. Vasilis Polemitis discussed bilateral relations between their countries and exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments. Light was also shed on the concepts featuring in The Mirage.
Discussions included the means for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Cyprus, particularly in the scientific and educational fields, as well as the mechanisms for initiating collaboration and promoting joint action. On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi presented a copy of his book, The Mirage, alongside ECSSR commemorative gifts to his honourable guest H.E the ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus.
For his part, the ambassadors expressed gratitude for the warm reception, hospitality and honor for receiving The Mirage from H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi.
The Mirage, a book written by H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi which has garnered international recognition, examines the ways in which Islamist groups exploit religion to achieve political ambitions and gain access to power. Notably, The Mirage introduces the concept of a “political mirage”—an illusion that Islamist groups attempt to utilize in order to promote their agendas amongst Arabs and Muslims.