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Gulf crown princes dealt with Washington lobbyists to smear Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 51

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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates.

May 18, 2018

Amir participates in extraordinary OIC summit

The Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani attended on Friday, along with their highnesses and majesties head of Islamic delegations, the opening session of the Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the Conference Center in Istanbul, Turkey, QNA reported. The summit discuss the serious developments taking place in the State of Palestine. The meeting was attended by the members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Amir, and their Excellencies, members of the official delegations and guests of the Summit, the report said. 


May 21, 2018

Anti-Qatar lobby 

Anti-Qatar lobby
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The crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been dealing with a pair of controversial Washington lobbyists to influence the US government against Qatar, according to a new report revealed by Associated Press.

The former Republican Party official Elliott Broidy and businessman George Nader – supposedly promoted anti-Qatar policies at the maximum levels of US government in exchange for Saudi and Emirati favor.

In return Broidy and Nader  tried to secure huge military and consulting contracts from Riyadh and the UAE.   

This findings came out of the investigation by Associated Press(AP), based on interviews with more than two dozen people and hundreds of pages of leaked emails between the two men. The emails reviewed by the AP included work summaries and contracting documents and proposals.

 

May  22, 2018

Qatar-Australia trade ties reviewed

Qatar-Australia trade ties reviewed
Photo credit: Peninsula Qatar

Minister of Economy and Commerce, H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Mohammed Al Thani, met the visiting Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, and his accompanying delegation,Peninsula Qatar reported.  During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed aspects of joint cooperation, especially in the field of economic, trade and investment, and means of developing them. The meeting also discussed developments on the subject of Australian livestock exports to the Middle East.


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(Cover Photo credit: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)