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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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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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#Pakistan Banking Sector M&A —
A Thread 🧵

Interesting things happening in 🇵🇰’s banking sector related to #GCC-based sponsors.

Samba Bank is leaving 🇵🇰 🔜 after parent entity’s merger with NCB in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦, & MergeCo Saudi National Bank’s decision to divest some assets.
Silk Bank is on perpetual sale after its abysmal performance in #Pakistan 🇵🇰 despite benefitting from one of the highest equity injections till-date. It is to be sold 🔜 and IFC / Nomura / Bank Muscat / Gourmet Group along with others will take a massive hit on their investment.
In banking, the best combination is always *a strong sponsor with a strong management team*. If you can get that right, there’s no better business in #Pakistan.

However, if your institution does not benefit from either of the two, then the bank is highly likely to underperform.
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Criticism mounts in Pakistani Twitter on a campaign in #Iran that links #Pakistan to alleged #Panjshir/#Afghanistan [This meme is viral: ]. But a self-censorship persists in Pak media on critiquing Iranian foreign policy. I explore this in this #thread /1
Near total [unofficial] blackout on this story in #Pakistan media [] (incl on statements by Iranian MFA spox; ex-pres #Ahmadinejad in Indian media). This self-censorship is unusual; leads to questions like this journo to Minister: /2
#Iran's regional outlook, incl on #Afghanistan, needs better study in #Pakistan. The policy of self-censorship on discussing Iran on Pak media should end. Also, decouple Iran study/analysis from religion/sect; and decouple it from our #GCC relations. /3
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#EU Foreign Ministers meet today for #Gymnich. They will discuss #Afghanistan. But then they will discuss the #Gulf. This is a rare occurrence - EU Ministers have discussed #JCPOA often but very rarely regional geopolitics between the #GCC, #Iraq & #Iran. They do now because… ⬇️
…because of the #Baghdad_summit last week and #France’s involvement in it. Most in #EU that #Iraq can be the hub for regional diplomacy in the #Gulf, building on talks btwn #SaudiArabia & #Iran. Reality is that with no progress on #Yemen these talks are shallow but ⬇️
…but I welcome choice to discuss #Gulf geopolitics at a #EU level. Hope there is some realism in acknowledging this is a security matter, not a diplomatic misunderstanding. #US retrenchment will inevitably lead to more #Russia & #China in the Gulf. It is already happening. So ⬇️
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[THREAD] #Linux a 30 ans aujourd'hui 🥳🐧
Il y a 30 ans, un fringuant jeune homme, Linus Torvalds, ingénieur de son état, envoyait un mail sur un newsgroup qui allait secouer durablement Internet.
L'objet du délit s'appelle #Minix, un proof of concept assez avancé d'un début de système d'exploitation, et surtout, un noyau logiciel pour lequel il explique alors avoir déjà porté l'interpréteur de commandes #Bash et le compilateur #GCC que nous utilisons encore, 30 ans après.
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Reports on #Iran-#SaudiArabia intelligence contact in #Iraq.

#Zarif leaves #Qatar. #Saudi FM lands in #Doha, invites Emir Sheikh Tamim to meet the King in #Riyadh.

#Tehran (& the #US?) appears to try to take the #Gulf on board.

This could isolate #Israel in a revived #JCPOA.
Some in #Vienna appear to want to isolate #Israel. But officials in #Gulf/#GCC face a difficult choice. They have to weigh if a compromise on #JCPOA and weakening Israel's position will resolve the problem of #Iran's malign activities? Or will it be a temporary solution?
The #US is directly engaging #GCC on #JCPOA, while FM #Zarif engages #SaudiArabia through #Qatar and #Iraq.

If the #Gulf comes aboard, #Israel and #Republicans will be effectively sidelined.

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#BREAKING: GCC ministers hold meeting
#BREAKING: Al-Zayani: The difficult and delicate conditions in the Middle East require unified action
#BREAKING: Al-Zayani: We have witnessed widespread international solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the Houthi terrorist attacks
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Unchecked financial support to Palestinian leadership is tantamount to betraying the dreams of talented young #Palestinians held hostage to the corruption/ineptitude of #Ramallah+#Gaza. The best way to prolong #Palestine-#Israel conflict.
A better way would be for the #Biden WH to apply checks on aid, ensure it gets to the right people, and mark progress in services and institutions that serve #Palestinian people, not corrupt Palestinian leaders and militant groups.

Best part: States that helped #Palestine the most are the one's most vilified by #Palestinian leaders+militant groups. #America is the largest aid giver to Palestine in history. #KSA/#UAE/#Kuwait top Arab/Muslim list. #Egypt/#Jordan/#GCC hosted refugees.
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The moment we were waiting for has come. New #Kuwait Emir, #SheikhNawaf, nominates his brother Mishal Al-Ahmad as Crown Prince. He is a security person, w/past experience in the Interior Ministry and Deputy Chief of the Kuwaiti National Guard since 2004. Some thoughts. 1/
The National Assembly (NA) has to confirm Mishal al-Ahmad as #Kuwait CP with 2/3 majority. As @bmalsaif said, Emir prolonged term of the outgoing NA to Oct 20 coz it was the safer option - new Parliament likely to have more opposition members & elections vulnerable to meddling 2/
That #Kuwait Emir chose his brother Mishal al-Ahmed as CP, is in continuity w/agnatic seniority - he was also appointed CP by his brother #SheikhSabah. #GCC old generation thinking. Mishal was the only to accompany Sabah in the US for medical treatment, they were very close. 3/
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Russia in the Middle East, September 30:
Deputy FM Vershinin meets with #Iran's ambassador to discuss #Syria and #Russia's upcoming presidency of the #UNSC
Lavrov spoke with #Yemen's Foreign Minister about "fully restoring diverse #Russian-Yemeni bilateral ties" and "doing everything possible for the return of long-awaited peace and stability in Yemen, and to use contacts with all involved and interested parties...for this purpose."
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#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia to lift #COVID19 travel ban on Jan.1
#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia: Citizens will be able to leave the Kingdom and enter it after Jan.1, ports and land borders will reopen as well
#BREAKING: #SaudiArabia: #GCC citizens and visa holders will be able to enter the Kingdom as of Jan. 1
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