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Secretary Pompeo's remarks at the Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue


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  • 4th - 6th December 2020
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The IISS Manama Dialogue is a unique forum for government ministers, as well as members of the expert, opinion-forming and business communities, to debate the Middle East’s most pressing security challenges. The 2020 conference took place in Bahrain on 4–6 December.

Watch: US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo opens the IISS Manama Dialogue 2020

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Watch: Plenary 1 - Global governance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Watch: Plenary 2 - Middle East Security in a Global Context

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Watch: Keynote Address - Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross

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Watch: Plenary 3 - Conflict Resolution in the Middle East

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Watch: Plenary 4 - Diplomacy, Proliferation and Regional Security

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Watch: Plenary 5 - Defence Diplomacy and Modernisation in the Middle East

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Watch: Concluding Plenary - New Security Partnerships in the Middle East

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Abraham Accords ‘have changed the dynamics of our region, altered perceptions of Middle East security cooperation. It will take time for the implications and opportunities to become apparent but they are here to stay’ - Al Zayani @bahdiplomatic #IISSMD20 https://t.co/DrZiekXo26 pic.twitter.com/oujc6ANNuH

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بالنسبة للبحرين ، فإن التعاون الجديد مع إسرائيل ليس رد فعل على أي تهديد ، ولا يستهدف أي دولة. إنها خطوة استباقية للمساعدة في تعزيز الأمن والاستقرار والازدهار في منطقة الشرق الأوسط بأكملها. @bahdiplomatic #IISSMD20 https://t.co/DrZieleZqG pic.twitter.com/L0WI0rcKWX

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‘We need to be realistic that our actual and potential adversaries will also be exploring the possibilities of new partnerships to further their own agendas’ - Al Zayani @bahdiplomatic #IISSMD20 https://t.co/DrZiekXo26 pic.twitter.com/L8aj0XQx6R

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2020 SPEAKERS

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    Michael R. Pompeo

    Secretary of State, US

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    HH Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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    Dr Kang Kyung-wha

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

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    Peter Maurer

    President, International Committee of the Red Cross

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    Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain

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    Miguel Berger

    State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

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    Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al Busaidi

    Foreign Minister, Oman

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    Harjit Singh Sajjan

    Minister of National Defence, Canada

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    Ayman Safadi

    Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan

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    Dr Fouad Hussain

    Deputy Prime Minister; Foreign Minister, Iraq

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    Dr Hamdullah Mohib

    National Security Advisor, Afghanistan

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    Dr Nayef Al Hajraf

    Secretary General, Gulf Cooperation Council

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    Lord Sedwill

    Former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser, Cabinet Office, UK; Member of the Advisory Council, IISS

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    Zhai Jun

    Special Envoy of the Chinese Government for the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China

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    General Sir Nicholas Carter

    Chief of the Defence Staff, UK

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    Major General Yousef Al Huneiti

    Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff, Jordan Armed Forces

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    Samuel Paparo

    Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command; Commander, US 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces

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Kuwait announces the completion of measures to complete the link in the south with Iraq

 

 

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Baghdad Foreign Minister: Iraq builds its relations according to the principle of balance, activating common interests, and mutual respect ... the necessity for Gulf companies to play a role in the process of rebuilding Iraq by investing in the field of infrastructure. Foreign Minister Fouad praised the historical Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations, and the progress they are witnessing He steadfastly stated that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are the gates of Iraq to the Gulf, calling for the importance of creating a mechanism for joint action with the Cooperation Council in light of the presidency of the State of Kuwait, extending an invitation to Mr. Nayef Al-Hajraf to visit Baghdad in the framework of activating relations and bridging paths of understanding between Iraq and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. And the Minister indicated that Iraq builds its relations according to the principle of balance, activating common interests, and mutual respect. This came in a meeting between the Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, with Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue 2020 conference for regional security. The two sides touched on the viral pandemic and its health and economic effects, and the minister expressed his hope for a recovery in oil prices after the discovery of the vaccine and the start of vaccination, pointing to the need for Gulf companies to play a role in the reconstruction of Iraq by investing in the field of infrastructure. Stressing the need to form a committee to follow up the outcomes of the Kuwait Donor Conference, and to coordinate with the World Bank. For his part, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf affirmed the GCC’s interest in Iraq, and he had previously signed several memoranda of understanding, calling for keenness to maintain the volume of cooperation between the two sides, expressing his happiness at the escalation in Iraqi-Saudi relations and the growing volume of bilateral cooperation. He also expressed his praise. By the tripartite mechanism between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. He affirmed the council’s support system" rel="">support for the sovereignty, stability, and territorial integrity of Iraq, and the fight against terrorism, noting: We will not hesitate to support system" rel="">support Iraq, and these are essential elements in the Cooperation Council. He explained: We have a framework for joint action with Iraq, and we have completed the financial measures to complete the link in the south. He revealed that the water, food and commercial security between the two sides will be present in his visit to Iraq. The two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including: the tension between Tehran and Washington, and its repercussions on the region.

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein called on Sunday to form a committee to follow up the outcomes of the Kuwait Donors Conference.

"Hussein discussed with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf a number of issues related to Iraq, and called for the formation of a committee to follow up on the outcomes of the Kuwait donor conference," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf.

Hussein stressed "the need for coordination with the World Bank, and stresses the need to create a mechanism for joint work with the Cooperation Council."

Two years have passed since the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq with the participation of more than seventy countries, which pledged to provide huge sums of money totaling $ 30 billion, as well as investments, reconstruction projects and support for areas devastated by the military operations against ISIS.

Iraqi officials and experts confirm that the vast majority of countries did not fulfill their obligations and commitments at the conference.

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A senior Gulf official visits Iraq and reveals what he will discuss
  
(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Today, Sunday, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, during his meeting with Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue 2020 conference for regional security, praised the historical Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations, and the steady progress they are witnessing, usually Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are gates. Iraq to the Gulf.

The Foreign Ministry stated in a statement that the Euphrates News received a copy of the mother of "The Minister of Foreign Affairs called for the importance of creating a mechanism for joint action with the Cooperation Council in light of the presidency of the State of Kuwait, inviting Nayef Al-Hajraf to visit Baghdad in the framework of activating relations and bridging paths of understanding between Iraq and the countries of the Cooperation Council." Gulf ".
And the minister indicated, according to the statement, that "Iraq builds its relations according to the principle of balance, activating common interests, and mutual respect."
The two sides touched upon the viral pandemic and its health and economic effects, and the minister expressed his "hope for a recovery in oil prices after the discovery of the vaccine and the start of vaccination," pointing to "the need for Gulf companies to play a role in the reconstruction of Iraq by investing in the field of infrastructure."
Stressing "the necessity to form a committee to follow up on the outcomes of the Kuwait Donor Conference, and to coordinate with the World Bank."
For his part, Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf affirmed "the interest of the Cooperation Council in Iraq, and he has already signed several memoranda of understanding," calling for "keenness to maintain the volume of cooperation between the two sides," expressing his "happiness at the escalation and growing volume of Iraqi-Saudi relations. Bilateral cooperation. He also praised the tripartite mechanism between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. "
He also affirmed, "The Council's support for the sovereignty, stability, and territorial integrity of Iraq, and the fight against terrorism," noting: "We will not hesitate to support Iraq, and these are essential elements in the Cooperation Council." .
He revealed that "water, food and commercial security between the two sides will be present in his visit to Iraq."
The two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including: "The tension between Tehran and Washington, and its repercussions on the region."

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Gulf states must be consulted in US nuclear deal with Iran: Saudi Arabia

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MIDDLE EASTFaisal bin Farhan, Saudi foreign minister, interviewed by AFP on December 5, 2020 in Manama, Bahrain. Photo: AFP
Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi foreign minister, interviewed by AFP on December 5, 2020 in Manama, Bahrain. Photo: AFP

 

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Gulf states must be consulted if a US nuclear agreement with Iran is revived, Saudi Arabia said Saturday, warning it is the only path towards a sustainable agreement.

President-elect Joe Biden has signalled he will return the United States to a nuclear accord with Iran and that he still backed the 2015 deal negotiated under Barack Obama, from which Donald Trump withdrew.

A return to the agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would delight US allies in Europe, but concern the Gulf states, who have criticised US engagement with Tehran.

Biden has indicated he will bring Iran's US-allied Arab neighbours, such as Saudi Arabia, which sees Iran as its arch-rival, into the process.

"Primarily what we expect is that we are fully consulted, that we and our other regional friends are fully consulted in what goes on vis a vis the negotiations with Iran," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told AFP.

"The only way towards reaching an agreement that is sustainable is through such consultation," he said on the sidelines of a security conference in Bahrain's Manama.

"I think we've seen as a result of the after effects of the JCPOA that not involving the regional countries results in a build up of mistrust and neglect of the issues of real concern and of real effect on regional security."

Asked whether the Biden administration was already in touch about the shape of a revived Iran deal, Prince Faisal said there were no contacts as yet, but that "we are ready to engage with the Biden administration once they take office".

"We are confident that both an incoming Biden administration, but also our other partners, including the Europeans, have fully signed on to the need to have all the regional parties involved in a resolution," he said.

'JCPOA plus plus'

Germany said in recent days that a new, broader Iran nuclear accord must be reached to also rein in Tehran's ballistic missile programme, warning that the 2015 deal was no longer enough.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, talked of a "nuclear agreement plus", in language also deployed by the Saudi minister.

"I don't know about a revived JCPOA, although one may look to a JCPOA plus plus, something well beyond the JCPOA," Prince Faisal said.

"Because reviving the  JCPOA as it exists now will only bring us to the point where we were, which is a deficient agreement that doesn't address the full issues related to Iran's nuclear activities and other original activities."

Saudi Arabia has been targeted with dozens of ballistic missile and drone attacks since the start of last year, including a devastating strike on Aramco's facilities in the country's east, which temporarily knocked out half the kingdom's crude output. 

That strike was claimed by the Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is fighting a grinding five-year conflict to back the internationally recognised government, but the United States said it involved cruise missiles from Iran. 

Prince Faisal said the JCPOA was too short in its 10 to 15 year timeframe, and apart from the issue of its missile programme and support for proxy groups around the region, did not do enough to address the risk of proliferation.

"As we've seen by the Iranian ability now to quickly increase its capacity to increase its enriched uranium stockpiles, such a short timeframe was not enough to contain Iran's nuclear capabilities," he said.

As Saudi Arabia looks ahead to building a relationship with the incoming US administration, Prince Faisal said he was confident Biden's pledge to turn the kingdom into a "pariah" over its human rights failings was just election talk.

"I think electioneering brings out all kinds of comments, and I'll leave them at that," he said.

The minister also indicated the kingdom would maintain relations with Trump - after four years of extremely warm ties, notably between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

"The kingdom always remembers its friends," he said. "And of course we will continue to have, I’m sure, friendly contacts with President Trump."

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Iraqi Foreign Minister: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are our gates to the Gulf

 
Monday - 22 Rabi Al Thani 1442 AH - 07 December 2020 AD Issue No. [15350]
 
 
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On Sunday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein considered Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to be the gates of his country to the Gulf, stressing the need to find a working mechanism with the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Minister Hussein said, during his meeting with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue conference for regional security in the Kingdom of Bahrain, that Iraq is building its relations according to the principle of balance, the activation of common interests, and mutual respect.
He stressed the need for Gulf companies to play a role in the process of rebuilding Iraq by investing in the field of infrastructure, and the need to form a committee to follow up on the outcomes of the Kuwait Donor Conference and coordinate with the World Bank.
In turn, Al-Hajraf referred to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s interest in Iraq, pointing to the signing of several memoranda of understanding, and the keenness to maintain the volume of cooperation between the two sides.
He expressed his happiness at what "Iraqi-Saudi relations are witnessing from the escalation, and the growing volume of bilateral cooperation and the tripartite mechanism between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt."
He stressed the council’s support for the sovereignty, stability, and territorial integrity of Iraq, and the fight against terrorism, saying: “We will not hesitate to support Iraq.
Al-Hajraf said that the issue of water, food and commercial security between the two sides will be present in his upcoming visit to Iraq.
During the meeting, they discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including the tension between Tehran and Washington, its repercussions on the region, the Corona pandemic and its health and economic effects, and the recovery of oil prices after the discovery of the vaccine, and the start of vaccination.

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Shafaq News / Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein stressed, on Monday, the importance of the joint relations between Iraq and the United States of America, and the need to upgrade them in various fields, especially the development of banking relations between the two sides, expressing his aspiration to benefit from the banking expertise of American banks.

This came in a meeting between Foreign Minister Fouad and Kimberly Reed, President of the United States Import and Export Bank on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue Forum in Bahrain, according to a statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.

The statement stated that aspects of implementing the memorandum of understanding between the aforementioned bank and the Ministry of Finance that were signed in 2019 were discussed, and how to benefit from the amount allocated in the memorandum in the fields of agriculture, investment, trade and others.

The minister invited the bank’s president to visit Baghdad to discuss cooperation files between the bank and the Iraqi government.

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Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met President of the United States Import and Export Bank Kimberly Reed on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue Forum 2020, inviting her to visit Iraq.

The aspects of implementing the memorandum of understanding between the bank and the Ministry of Finance that were signed in 2019 were discussed, and how to benefit from the amount allocated in the memorandum in the fields of agriculture, investment, trade, and others.

 

"We are looking to benefit from the banking expertise of American banks," Hussein said, according to a statement.

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State invites the president of the Federal Reserve to visit the country

 
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Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein invited the President of the American Federal Bank, Kimberly Reid, to visit Baghdad, while on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue Forum 2020, he met with the US President's envoy to Syria, Joel Raebon.
The Ministry's media office stated that "the foreign minister met with the president of the bank and stressed the importance of the joint relations between Iraq and the United States of America, and the need to upgrade them in various fields, especially the development of banking relations between the two sides," expressing his "aspiration to benefit from the banking expertise of American banks." The aspects of implementing the memorandum of understanding between the aforementioned bank and the Ministry of Finance that were signed in 2019 were discussed, and how to benefit from the amount allocated in the memorandum in the fields of agriculture, investment, trade and others. The minister invited the bank’s president to visit Baghdad to discuss cooperation files between the bank and the Iraqi government.
In his meeting with the US President's envoy to Syria, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed that the interest of Iraq and the neighboring countries requires ending the Syrian crisis.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and the minister expressed the Iraqi government's interest in ending the ongoing conflict in Syria, resolving the issue of the displaced, and creating a safe environment for the return of the displaced to their areas of residence, while expressing appreciation for all the peaceful efforts aimed at ending the suffering of the Syrian people. .
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