President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Novemmber 9, 2016, in New York. ( Image Credit: AP )

Arabs largely indifferent over Trump victory

Some camps in the Arab world have secretly applauded his victory believing he will disengage from the region

Dubai: The election of Donald Trump has been met with rejection but mostly indifference in the Arab world.

Many Arabs view him as an inexperienced leader, as opposed to Clinton’s extensive resume in the region as Secretary of State under the first Obama administration.

He is advised by Walid Phares, a Lebanese academic who immigrated to the United States in 1990, who rose to prominence as a counter-terrorism expert and served as part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team in 2011.

A former member of the Lebanese Forces, Phares met Trump in December 2015 and joined the team, when he declared that the Republican “can do what others cannot”.

But despite his inexperience, some camps in the region secretly applauded his victory.

In Syria, the pro-regime camp is happy. They believe Trump will distance himself from the Middle East and let Russia have its way in Syria.

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