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#Raisina2023 | A Region of Opportunities: From the #Mediterranean to the #ArabianSea

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Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim: A young population is the greatest potential of this region. #Egypt plays a fundamental role due to its strategic position with the #SuezCanal.

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@ECFRMena & @ECFRAsia cross-over! Me & @a_bachulska wrote a short piece on #China - #GCC relations *seen from both sides.* We thought there was an abundance of partial viewpoints but really scarcity of strategic comprehensive overview. 1/…
The first thing we do is put to rest the once ubiquitous argument that #China-#Gulf relations are only economic. In fact, they are grounded in compatible visions of #multipolarity. A year after #RussiaInvadedUkraine, multipolarity is the real winner! 2/
#Beijing is the 1st #trade partner for the monarchies & invested in key infrastructures, ie acquired 20% of largest #port in #SaudiArabia (Jeddah). But #GCC leaders are also wary of Chinese reliability-ie obstacles to sign #FTA despite #Xi insistence. 3/
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Ok it's probably time to compile a thread and share some of my #JMac story. I married a #TMU student. We didn't live near the campus or GCC main as his job had him traveling a lot and we moved a lot. Every place we lived, we looked for a #TMS connected church. A 🧵.
When one of my children was a newborn, just days old, I was holding the baby and my ex backhanded me across the face. He'd had a bad day at work. He called his parents (in another state) who flew in, contacted a #GCC approved counselor through their network.
I was left out of the counseling session. Women aren't required in marriage counseling. His parents & he were in the session & they were all further advised to leave me/the kids at home. They all spent the weekend away at a hotel vacation spot. #JMac #GCC
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#GCC has deployed special equipment to clean the waterbodies across #Chennai.
Mini Amphibian MA2 was used today to clean the pond at Ambattur in Div 79, Zn 7👇
Mini Amphibian MA1 was used today to clean Pallikaranai Pond in Div 190, Zn 14👇
Amphibian Classic V C4158 was used today to clean the pond at Koyambedu (Near STP CNG Plant) in Div 127, Zn 10👇
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1) A recent interview with a Lebanese political figure exposed, once again, the failures of the current political rhetoric on the ongoing #economic crisis in #Lebanon. This rhetoric, which dominates public discourse, is not only outdated and futile, but also harmful
2) In the interview, Geagea stipulates that his party stands against the principle of “distribution of losses”, considering that no losses have occurred and that debt is accrued and should be repaid to depositors
3) He suggests that repaying this #debt should happen through state resources, simple fiscal adjustments, and support from the #GCC without the need for an IMF program
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How to evaluate the Baghdad II Summit in Amman?

Has this second Summit helped defusing tensions & strengthening cooperation as #Russia-#Ukraine conflict increasingly impacts this MENA region?

A THREAD 🧵 1/13 Image
1/13 Let’s start with positive points. In continuity with Baghdad I Summit (August 2021), the conference built on a solid policy line:

Iraq & regional stability are interdependent: reg. tensions play out in Iraq. Iraq’s instability can spill over & fuel regional tensions.
2/13 The Summit helped the process of Iraq’s balanced & diversified FP to continue despite the change of PM.

Some GCC states knew little & looked with suspicion at new PM Mohamed Shia al-Sudani backed by traditional Shiite parties. In-person meetings help building trust. Image
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Agha Hasan Abedi — legendary banker & founding President of #BCCI (Bank of Credit & Commerce International) — the world’s 7th largest privately owned bank.

A bank run by Pakistanis 🇵🇰 & financed by the Ruling Family of Abu Dhabi 🇦🇪 & prominent family offices of Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦.
Founded in 1972, during a meeting of senior bankers in Beirut, #Lebanon 🇱🇧, #BCCI went on to open up branches & launch full-fledged commercial banking operations in 73 countries around the world by 1989. This included opening the first branch of a foreign-owned bank in #China 🇨🇳.
In the mid-1980’s, Agha Hasan Abedi (or Agha Sahib as he was called fondly by colleagues), negotiated the acquisition of a very unique banking operation in the #UnitedStates 🇺🇸. The bank acquired had licenses to operate in 15-16 states in the US. An unprecedented transaction.
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#GCC frontline workers are busy clearing the roads to ease the traffic tomorrow.
Fallen tree being cleared for traffic at South Phase Road, Ambattur 👇(1/5)
Road getting cleared for traffic tomorrow. (2/5)
Fallen tree being removed at P.T Rajan Salai, Div 136, Z10 👇(3/5)
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“The 1st #ChinaArabSummit means a lot, but China should avoid blind optimism in 2 key points,” said Wu Bingbing, deputy director of the Arabic Language and Culture Department of School of Foreign Languages at Peking University, in a recent interview with Wenhua Zongheng. A Thread Image
"On the #MiddleEastMatters, China should maintain the diplomatic concept of "positive balance." In turn, it should also realize that the Middle East countries are also engaged in balanced diplomacy between China and the US. At present, the Gulf countries are still very dependent
on the US, so 1) we should not be overly optimistic, and we should not over-exaggerate the interpretation of some friction between the Middle East countries & the US. 2) For some important issues in Sino-Arab cooperation (such as the hotly debated "use Chinese yuan in China-Saudi
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Significant statement from caretaker PM @yairlapid: "Two-state solution is a strong guarantee for a democratic state of #Israel with a #Jewish majority."
Interesting moment during the @JoeBiden-@yairlapid presser in #Jerusalem when #Saudi news outlet @AlArabiya correspondent asked @POTUS what the #US is offering #Gulf states on #Iran's malign activity in region, and Lapid on where #Israel disagreed with Washington on Iran policy.
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New for @iraqoilreport: my interview w/ #Iraq's electricity minister. Key points:
- New deal w/ #Iran to pay for gas supply threatened by Iraqi court ruling limiting gov powers, spending
- Aim for 25GW supply this summer, still going to be shortage.…
Karim told me about his talks with Iran's Oil Minister , @javad_owji over new gas supply deal: "We had a very good & also a very tough discussion. We agreed on 2-3 articles. Firstly, we have to pay all the loans they're asking for, around $1.69bn."…
Details: #Iraq pays debt repayment into Trade Bank of Iraq. #Iran says what it wants to use the money to purchase; U.S. OKs purchases in line with Washington's sanctions on Tehran.…
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BREAKING: #UAE President #KhalifabinZayed just died. Crown Prince of #AbuDhabi since 1969, and Abu Dhabi Ruler & President since his father Sheikh Zayed died in 2004. The #BurjKhalifa was initially named to honor him.

A few words on him + what happens now in a thread. 1/
After #KhalifabinZayed suffered a stroke in 2014, his younger brother Mohammad bin Zayed (#MbZ) became de facto leader of the #UAE. Now the Federal Supreme Council (including the rulers of the 7 Emirates) will ratify #MbZ as official President of the #UAE. Basically guaranteed 2/
The more interesting thing is who will be appointed #UAE Crown Prince. Options include #MbZ’s brother & #security czar #TahnoonBinZayed, another brother, or #MbZ’s son #KhalidBinZayed.

While #SaudiArabia moved to primogeniturial succession, the #UAE might do the opposite. 3/
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Integrated Storm Water Drains at Kovalam in partnership with @KfW_FZ_int.
In 3 packages worth Rs. 150.45 Crore, works have been awarded & residents of Srinivasa Nagar, Sadasivam Nagar, Nanganallur, Madipakkam, Ram Nagar and Nehru Colony will benifit from it. (1/5) Image
Additionally, approval has been obtained for the procurement of 9 more packages at an estimated cost of Rs.447.03 Crore. Residents of Bhuvaneswari Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Radha Nagar, MCN Nagar, Ananda Nagar, Kannagi Nagar, River View Colony, Semmencherry &Tsunami Colony will (2/5)
benifit from these works.
Picture taken during KfW delegation's visit to #GCC(see 1/1)
கோவளம் வடிநிலப் பகுதியில் ஒருங்கிணைந்த மழைநீர் வடிகால் அமைக்கும் பணி. KfW வங்கி நிதி உதவியுடன் 3 சிப்பங்களில், மண்டலம்-12 மற்றும் 14ல் ஸ்ரீனிவாசா நகர், சதாசிவம் நகர், நங்கநல்லூர், (3/5)
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#GCC is on a drive against those who connect their sewer to Storm Water Drains.
217 illegal sewer connections were plugged last month!
This number will increase significantly in the coming days.
You can report to us if any illegal sewer connected to SWD.
Illegal sewer line plugged at Kasturibai Street, Adyar.
Illegal sewer line plugged at Venkateshwara Nagar, Nehru Street in Dn 65.
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Actions and policies of ousted ex-PM #ImranKhan and his #PTIGovernment have led to arrests, denial of jobs, travel bans, and deportations of Pakistanis from #Turkey #UAE #France #SaudiArabia #China. All in just three years. The latest is Saudi crackdown on pro-Khan Pakistanis. /1
In April, ex-PM #ImranKhan's incitement was responsible for Pakistanis getting radicalized in two countries: #Turkey+#SaudiArabia. 🇹🇷 arrested 27 pro-Khan Pakistanis on Apr 12. 🇸🇦 has repeatedly arrested Khan sympathizers in 2019+2020+2021 & 2022. /2
In 2020, PM #ImranKhan's followers launched online campaign against #Arab-#Israel peace agreement #AbrahamAccords, radicalizing young Pakistanis in the #Gulf who protested on streets in #UAE & #SaudiArabia, leading to loss of jobs, expulsions, visa bans/3

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💰Amulet Raise News💰

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👌 Amulet, the first Rust-based #DeFi insurance protocol raises $6m
👌 The seed round was led by gumi and joined by several others
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Amulet is delighted to announce the success of our seed funding. 💸

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Prime Minister @CMShehbaz of #Pakistan. 🇵🇰

Elected with 174 votes with the backing and support of #Pakistan's major political parties @pmln_org @MediaCellPPP @OfficialMqm @MoulanaOfficial
#Pakistan's new Prime Minister @CMShehbaz comes with several honors: first to become PM with the support of 🇵🇰's all of the major parties; brother to 🇵🇰's only thrice elected PM; and comes with foreign policy experience, and ties with 🇵🇰's key international partners.
There is no #US conspiracy against the previous #Pakistan government. Prime Minister @CMShehbaz announces calling a meeting with Parliament's national security committee with top civil & military leaders 🇵🇰 & ex-Amb to 🇺🇸 to decide the fate of this manufactured crisis.
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Urgent thread:
We’re very worried about my father who called this morning and said he won’t be allowed to make anymore calls, and was chanting Free #Bahrain, Free #Palestine, and down with israels collaborators - they kept cutting the call and he kept trying to call back.
Yesterday during his call he named people who took part in and/or were responsible for his torture, and we’re worried about the retaliation against him - more so than what they’re already doing as I’ll mention in the following tweets
Due to my father’s chants in Feb about #Palestine, all treatment for the damage done by #torture he endured has stopped, as well as all access to medical appointments - some were urgent as he may be going blind in his right eye due to glaucoma, which is progressive & irreversible
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2021 might have been a disappointing year in many regards, but it was not all bad.

Several hot spots in the world offered some good news.

Here are @CrisisGroup's 10 reasons for hope in 2022 👇
1⃣ The U.S. has reentered the Paris Climate Accord, part of a global push to address the rising threat of #ClimateChange and fragility that afflicts more and more countries in the world today.
2⃣ The Gulf is seeing a flurry of diplomacy. Dialogues & engagement have started between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iran - UAE, the UAE and Turkey and within the #GCC countries.

These efforts can still be derailed but are welcome news in a region plagued by distrust and tensions.
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Skill harvesting is akin to cropping agriproducts.
You till the fertile place, select the seeds, provide exposure to sunlight, start the soil sowing process, apply fertilizers, waters, and other chemicals, wait for the germination to turn into a crop, & start harvesting.
Governments that invest in Human Capital have benefited a lot in terms of socio-economic development.
It is not just about making money to sustain oneself, but, liberating a human being from slavery.
The political dividends reaped from such a policy are immense!
E.g. Singapore.
Compare #Singapore or other SE-Asian Nations with the Energy Rich Nations, which rely on #petrodollars in addition to Natural Gas/LNG Exports, such as the #GCC Nations.
The quality of economic development is completely different, in nations where knowledge capital exists
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#SaudiArabia expels #Lebanon ambassador. #GCC states expected to follow suit. Decision could impact Lebanese labor; comes after 🇱🇧 govt minister supports #Houthi militia in #Yemen. But this step reflects #Gulf frustration at #Iran-backed #Hezbollah militia's chokehold over 🇱🇧. /1
#Saudi decision to throw out #Lebanon ambassador is not a sudden move but also caps years of #Iran/#IRGC using #Lebanon produce/fruit export trucks to smuggle narcotics into the #Gulf. /2

#Kuwait media tycoon @Ahmadaljaralah says #Lebanon minister's statement is admission of #Iran military interference in #Yemen; calls #Hezbollah chief Nasrallah "Hassan Ammonia" (reference to #Beirut port warehouse explosion) /3

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It’s out! 🎊
My new @ecfr paper on how #Europe can ride the #climate momentum in the #Gulf deploying its #GreenDeal to meet #NetZero & #geopolitical objectives in the region ➡️
Read b4 #COP26 #COP26Glasgow
Few take-aways 1/ Image
Good that #SaudiArabia & #UAE have pledged #NetZero but #GCC total domestic emissions are only 2.4% of world’s. The #EU needs to focus on the emissions they export, mostly to #China, I argue how: 2/
As shown by the #SaudiGreenInitiative & #MiddleEastGreenInitiative + #UAE willingness to host #COP 28, the #GCC leaders now see a political value in embracing the #climate agenda. This paper described what each #GCC country is actually *doing* about it: 3/
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