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03-08 March 2019


Nikola Zukalová


Kingdom of Bahrain

Sunday, 3 March—Bahrain’s Minister of Finance and National Economy, Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, received the Head of the European Union’s (EU) Delegation to the GCC and its member states, Michele Cervone d'Urso. During the meeting they discussed current investment opportunities, ways to advance Bahrain-EU economic cooperation and expertise exchange. 

Monday, 4 March—The United States’ delegation, led by the US Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary, Eric Meyer, was received by Bahrain’s Minister of Finance and National Economy, Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa. During the meeting, they reviewed economic cooperation and ways to enhance it. 

Thursday, 7 March—Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, received the Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), Lieutenant General Thomas W Bergeson, with his accompanying delegation. During the meeting they reviewed the US-Bahraini partnership, Prince Salman hailed the key role of the US in maintaining international peace and security. Later that day, Lt Gen Bergeson also met separately the Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, and the Commander of the Royal Guard, Major General Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, to review and discuss defence cooperation.


State of Kuwait

Sunday, 3 March—The Counter-terrorism Coordinator of the European Union, Gilles De Kerchove, and his accompanying delegation met several state officials during their two-day visit to Kuwait, notably Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah. During the meeting they discussed security ties between the EU and Kuwait and ways to further develop them.

Monday, 4 March—Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Europe, Waleed Al-Khubaizi, and Kuwait’s Ambassador to France, Sami Al-Sulaiman, participated in the 2nd Strategic Dialogue between Kuwait and France, held in Paris. The Meeting focused on enhancing cooperation in political, cultural, and military fields among others and exploring investment opportunities. 

Friday, 8 March—Between 19 and 20 March 2019, Kuwait City will host the 3rd European Union-Gulf Cooperation Council Business Forum, titled ‘An Oasis of Opportunities,’ promoting business opportunities between the EU and the Gulf countries. The Forum will include a number of high-level experts and speakers from both regions.

Friday, 8 March—The Kuwaiti delegation, led by the Treasurer of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Abdullah Al-Humaidhi, visited Florence, Italy, seeking to enhance the economic relations between Kuwait and Italy.

Sultanate of Oman

Sunday, 3 March—Oman’s delegation, led by the Commander of the Royal Army of Oman, Major General Matar bin Salim Al-Balushi, participated in the 18th Meeting of the Commanders of the Gulf Cooperation Council Land Forces in Riyadh. The Meeting discussed joint military action, ways to boost cooperation between the ground forces and the GCC defence integration.

Monday, 4 March—The Secretary General of Oman’s Foreign Ministry, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al-Busaidi, and the Swiss Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Pascale Baeriswyl, held talks in Berne, Switzerland. They discussed bilateral cooperation and opportunities for enhancing them, particularly in investments and tourism in line with the diversification of Oman’s economy and cooperation exchange of experiences between the public and private sector. They also reviewed some regional and international issues.

Thursday, 7 March—Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, met with the United Nations’ Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to discuss the Yemen peace process and the preparations for the upcoming UN-sponsored consultations between the legitimate Yemeni Government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. 

State of Qatar

Monday, 4 March—The European Commission and Qatar marked a landmark Aviation Agreement, improving the set of standards and rules for flights between EU countries and Qatar in line with the EU’s Aviation Strategy for Europe.

Monday, 4 March—Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov kicked off his Gulf tour in Doha. He met with a number of Qatari officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. They discussed several regional issues, including conflicts in Libya, Syria and its return to the Arab League, the Middle East Process, the Gulf Crisis, the military deal between Russia and Qatar potentially including the Russian missile defence system S-400, and the US-Taliban talks in Doha. Both sides affirmed their interest in strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation, particularly in trade and investm