GULF IN REVIEW
09 - 14 February 2020
Kingdom of Bahrain
Sunday, 9 February—Bahrain Defence Forces’ (BDF) Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, and Director of the General Intelligence Directorate at Jordanian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Azzam Arsheed Al-Rawahneh, discussed bilateral security ties and cooperation, in the presence of Bahrain’s Defence Affairs Minister, Lieutenant General Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Nuaimi, and Chief-of-Staff, Lieutenant-General Theyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi.
Wednesday, 12 February—The Bahraini Defence Forces Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, met with Major General Yoshiyasu Ishimaki, Commander of the Japanese Navy Defense Forces’ Third Fleet and the Head of Japan’s Duty Force CTF-151, aimed at securing maritime navigation in the Gulf. They discussed the Japanese Force’s operations in the Gulf and regional maritime security.
Wednesday, 12 February—The outgoing Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, was sworn in as Bahrain’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing Khalid bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa, who became King’s Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs. The ceremony was attended by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
Friday, 14 February—Bahrain celebrated the 19th anniversary of the National Action Charter (NAC), which was approved by 98.4% voters in the 2001 public referendum and laid the foundations for the Kingdom to become a constitutional monarchy and kickstart wide-ranging national reforms.
State of Kuwait
Tuesday, 11 February—Kuwait’s Minister of Finance and Acting Minister for Economic Affairs, Mariam Al-Aqeel, received Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, in the presence of the Kuwait Investment Authority representatives, to discuss bilateral economic cooperation and investment opportunities in public and private sectors. Russell then continued to Qatar, where he met with the country’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Wednesday, 12 February—Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, arrived to Kuwait for a two-day official visit. During the visit, Trudeau addressed Canadian troops that were temporarily relocated from Iraq to Kuwait, and met with several Kuwaiti senior officials, notably Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ahmad Mansour Al-Sabah, to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation, along with the regional developments.
Friday, 14 February—Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah led Kuwaiti delegation to the 56th Munich Security Conference. On the sidelines of the conference, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, held talks with Foreign Ministers of Malta, Evarist Bartolo, of Iraq, Mohammad Al-Hakim, as well as of Greece, Nikos Dendias.
Sultanate of Oman
Monday, 10 February— Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al-Raeesi, received Command Chief of Staff of the Turkish Navy, Rear Admiral Mehmet Cem Okyay, and his accompanying delegation, to discuss maritime security and cooperation.
Wednesday, 12 February—The United Kingdom’s Senior Defence Advisor for the Middle East, Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, visited Oman to discuss ways to boost bilateral military cooperation with the country’s senior security and defence officials, including Sayyid Badr bin Saud Al-Busaidy, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs.
Wednesday, 12 February—Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, accompanied by a delegation, held separate talks with Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al-Ra’eesi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, and Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Rasbi, Secretary General at the Ministry of Defence, about maritime security cooperation and issues of common concern.
State of Qatar
Sunday, 9 February—Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, met Dr Bisera Turkovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Doha, to discuss the strong ties between the two countries.
Thursday, 13 February—Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, participated in the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Council with Resolute support Operational Partner Nations and Potential Operational Partner Nations of the NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, held at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, 12 February—Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah visited Saudi Arabia, where he met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, to review bilateral relations and regional developments. During the meeting, Kuwait’s Prime Minister communicated greetings to King Salman from Kuwait’s Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Thursday, 13 February—Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, held talks with the United States’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Washington, DC. They focused mainly on the situation in Yemen and the efforts to confront Iran’s regional destabilising activities. Prince Faisal bin Farhan also met with thee US Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs, Timothy Lenderking.
Thursday, 13 February—Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, visited Romania and held separate talks with the country’s President, Klaus Iohannis, and Prime Minister, Ludovic Orban, about developing bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation.
United Arab Emirates
Monday, 10 February— Director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, held talks with UAE’s senior security service officials, focusing on new threats and risks in the fight against international terrorism. Naryshkin also met with Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai, in the presence of Dubai’s Crown Prince, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Maktoum bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum.
Wednesday, 12 February—UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, received representatives of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the EU three (E3), to discuss developments and efforts to enhance regional and international security. The E3 representatives commended UAE’s contribution to deescalating regional tensions.
Thursday, 13 February—Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abyi Ahmed, arrived to the UAE, where he held talks with UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, on bilateral relations and cooperation as the UAE helped to negotiate the peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Thursday, 13 February—The Dubai-based port managing company, DP World, agreed to buy a 51% stake in TIS Container Terminal in Ukraine’s Yuzhny port near Odessa on the Black Sea.
Friday, 14 February—UAE’s Minister of State, Dr Anwar Gargash, met with Germany’s State Secretary, Andreas Michaelis, for the 5th political consultations between the UAE and Germany.