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China's yuan ideal for energy trade in Gulf Region: vice president of Tehran University
The meeting between the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing on Thursday will be hopefully the beginning of a much better situation in the West Asia, which can also create the momentum for rapprochement especially in the Gulf Region, Vice President of the University of Tehran, also also Member of Iran's Presidential Delegation to China, Professor Mohammad Marandi told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Friday.
Marandi said that as the world is moving toward de-dollarization, it's important to have alternative currencies and it would be ideal to use China's yuan when China imports energy from the Gulf region.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met in Beijing on Thursday. Saudi Arabia and Iran announced the resumption of diplomatic ties with immediate effect on Thursday in Beijing after the first formal meeting between the two countries' top diplomats in more than seven years, in a diplomatic rapprochement under a deal brokered by China last month.
During the talks, the two sides said they were ready to make every possible effort to overcome any obstacle that may hinder cooperation. At the conclusion of the meeting, the two sides expressed their thanks and appreciation to China for hosting this meeting, read the statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
10 Years ago last month ...
US Will Be Ousted by Saudi King Abdullah in Middle-East | Oui @BooMan - Feb. 27, 2013 |
Crown Prince Abdullah worked behind de scenes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement in 2000. Took the initiative for Saudi Arabia to accept the State of Israel in a new peace plan endorsed by all Arab states in 2002. Even George Bush the Elder intervened in an attempt to clear the air between the Saudis and the Bush/Cheney administration. It was all in vain as the US had their own agenda set with military sight on Iraq and Saddam Hussain.
A new attempt was made in December 2003 to rebuild good relationships between the two nations. The WikiLeaks publication gives much needed insight to what depth the US standing had deteriorated in the Muslim world. The repeated failure of the US to act as an honest broker for peace between the Palestinians and Israel has left an indelible mark.
The large picture of what is happening these last few years starts to make sense. It becomes clear the United States and Western powers will be ousted from the Arab nations now participating in the Arab Spring. Because of Europe's rejection of Turkey and the Mavi Marmara incident with Israel, Prime Minister Erdogan has decided to look towards its Muslim neighbours in the Middle-East. As Russia is ousted from Syria and Obama has decided to be passive in his support for military intervention, it's precisely where Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries want to be. Momentarily these nations are rebuilding the Arab states with funding of $$ billions and shipping arms to the rebels or jihadists from Mali to Syria.
In mid 2017 ...
Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne | The Guardian - June 21, 2017 |
Mohammed bin Nayef replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, 31-year-old in charge of economy and war in Yemen
King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ousted his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, confirming the 31-year-old as heir and consolidating the kingdom's move to reassert its influence as a regional power.
The move was announced by royal decree just after midnight, stunning the Saudi establishment, which has seen Bin Salman's profile soar over the past three years but regarded the role of the former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran security tsar, as secure.
President Trump called Bin Salman to congratulate him on his "recent elevation".
"The president and the crown prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond," a White House statement said, adding that the two leaders talked about cutting off support for terrorists, resolving Saudi Arabia's dispute with Qatar, economic cooperation and "a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians."
A source familiar with Trump foreign policy and national security said that Bin Salman was seen by the White House as a key ally.
"The circles who have worked on the bridge between this administration and the Arab coalition, they know each other and they know Prince Mohammed is a solid ally," the source said. "The consolidation of Prince Mohammed's influence within the government of Saudi Arabia is going to be seen as a positive development for the administration ... and now there are less risks that there will be opposition to him in the near future."
The upheaval follows a dizzying series of moves from the usually cautious kingdom, which in recent weeks has seen it recalibrate relations with Washington and open a diplomatic offensive against Qatar, led by Bin Salman's office, while pressing ahead with a war in Yemen and an ambitious economic and cultural overhaul at home.
During several decennia, Prince Bandar was seen as key ally especially during the George Bush administration.
House of Saud - US Alliance Has Broken the Middle East | by Oui - Apr 10th, 2018 |
Setting the standard of intolerance. Some religions keep biblical times and culture in a contemporary suspension. Cutting off heads and ethnic purity. How the US operating in the Middle East has led to populist right-wing extremists in Europe, the Trump presidency and the so-called Clash of Civilisations. How the West has joined to become slaves of more wars serving what purpose?
America's Shameful Love Affair With A Saudi Prince | The Forward |
These days, you can't open an internet browser without coming face to face with the handsome, keffiyah-clad visage of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. For weeks now, he's been on a charm offensive, courting American politicians, tech giants, businessmen and journalists.
And they have been happy to receive him. From an interview on 60 Minutes ("At just 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined") to a lengthy sit-down interview with the Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg ("He was jovial to the point of ebullience when I met him") to TIME magazine's cover story ("He looks like someone you knew in college, a big guy going on about something that seems really important to him"), MBS has been delighting the American media.
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