HOLLANDE ATTENDS SAUDI GGC SUMMIT ON NATO WARS & SELLS WARPLANES TO QATAR, IN ADVANCE OF KERRY WAR SUMMIT IN PARIS ON VE DAY (05.05.2015)
It is no co-incidence that one of the most unpopular French President’s ever is in the Middle East attending a Gulf Summit on NATO Wars in the Middle East, while selling was planes to al-Thani’s Qatar.
The fact the Yankee Kerry will enter stage left later this week as he also hot foots it to Riyadh before Paris War Talks during VE ‘celebrations’ is also no co-incidence.
obscene greed oiling the wheels of the colonial war machine that keeps gazans living in ruins
The GCC represents unelected colonial puppets NATO has installed, since al-Sisi cannot really be considered an elected leader in the revolving door circus between the Egyptian military and the equally pro-NATO ‘political’ leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The terminal image problem long Genocidal colonial NATO has in the Middle East, is that it is totally irrational for any civilian population to want them in any shape or form.
NATO’s various political, humanitarian or sectarian canards do not wash in any legal forum where resistance to NATO who have never had any legal standing to be in the Middle East, has always been lawful, which is indeed why the Iranian revolution threw out NATO.
There would actually be peace in the Middle East if NATO respected civilian society’s rule of law.
Of course NATO respecting society’s rule of law does mean turning over the administrative control of the European military garrison called Israel to the Palestinian people, with every Israeli who did not like that being given the absolute right of return to Europe.
NATO has no legal standing in the Middle East and the illegal Balfour Declaration of 1917 between the British government and the Zionist Federation did not change that.
Long Genocidal NATO really needs to get over itself and stop inventing false pretexts/raison d’etres for it’s miserable existence.
The growing voice of NATO go home cannot be ignored.
the cowardice of hollande and al-saud who fear life without nato
Doha // Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the French President Francois Hollande signed on Monday a €6.3 billion agreement for the sale of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets.
The contract - the third this year for Dassault after deals to sell Rafale jets to Egypt and India - also includes MBDA missiles, and the training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French military.
Officials said the accord also provided for the training of a number of Qatari intelligence officers.
“It’s a good choice,” said Mr Hollande, who held talks with Sheikh Tamim and will go on later to Saudi Arabia, where he is due to become the first Western head of state to attend a GCC summit on Tuesday in Riyadh.
“If we are present here in Qatar... it is because there has been a long tradition, and because France is seen as a reliable country which a partner country can have confidence in,” Mr Hollande added.
Dassault has also resumed discussions over potential fighter sales to the UAE.
The GCC summit comes at a crucial time with a Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen, concern over the rise of extremist militants and regional worries over a potential final nuclear deal with Iran.
At the signing ceremony, Hollande hailed France’s ties with Gulf countries and his invitation to the GCC summit.
“It is an honour for France, a sign of friendship and of confidence,” he said.
Hollande’s visit comes as Paris deepens political and economic relations with Qatar.
Qatari investors have taken stakes in major French companies including oil firm Total and luxury goods giant LVMH, and also own French football club Paris Saint-Germain.
*Reuters and Agence France-Presse
France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran’s neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia invited French President Francois Hollande, whose country is deemed to have a tough stance in Iran nuclear negotiations, to Riyadh to discuss regional issues with Gulf Arab leaders who fear a rapprochement with Tehran could lead to further destabilisation in the region.
“France and Saudi Arabia confirmed the necessity to reach a robust, lasting, verifiable, undisputed and binding deal with Iran,” President Hollande and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said in a statement after meeting on Monday.
“This agreement must not destabilise the security and stability of the region nor threaten the security and stability of Iran’s neighbours,” the statement said.
Hollande met the new Saudi King for an hour after dinner at his personal palace. The two men specifically discussed Iran’s role in Yemen and Syria, where they reiterated there was no future for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Those talks will be widened to Gulf Cooperation Council leaders on Tuesday.
“They have a real fear that when sanctions are lifted Iran will be able to finance all its proxies across the region,” said a senior French diplomat.
The visit to Riyadh, where Hollande also met Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Monday, comes after a period where Paris has been able to nurture new links with the region following similar analysis to Gulf Arab states on crises and a perceived disengagement from traditional ally the United States.
“They wanted us to come so they could say to the Americans, look we also have France: it’s up to you not get distanced and to be here with us,” said a second French diplomat.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry changed his schedule at the last minute this week to travel to Riyadh on Wednesday as he looks to finalise plans for a summit at Camp David on May 13 between Gulf leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama.
U.S. officials say they are seeking the best deal with Iran and have cautioned that France’s position privately is not as tough as it is publicly.
France’s commercial success in the region was highlighted on Monday when Hollande signed a 6.3-billion-euro ($7 billion) deal in the Qatari capital Doha to sell French-made Rafale fighter jets. Paris is also in talks with the United Arab Emirates for some 60 jets.
Saudi Arabia is considering temporary halts in coalition air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen to allow for aid deliveries, the kingdom's foreign minister has said.
Adel al-Jubeir's announcement came as clashes raged in southern Yemen between the Houthis and fighters allied with exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, killing at least 30 people.
Saudi Arabia will consult members of the coalition on "finding specific areas inside Yemen ... where all air operations will be paused at specific times to allow for the delivery of aid", Jubeir said in a statement on Monday.
For his part, John Kerry, US secretary of state, will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on May 6 and May 7 to discuss the "humanitarian pause".
Yemen's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen: Bombing necessary despite civilian casualties
The UN has repeatedly warned that impoverished Yemen faces a major humanitarian crisis and calls have been growing for efforts to increase aid deliveries.
Jubeir said Saudi Arabia "plans to establish a centre on its territory to be in charge of coordinating all humanitarian aid efforts" with the UN, donors and other relevant agencies.
He warned the rebels against "taking advantage" of any pause in the bombing.
Saudi Arabia "will deal with any violations in connection with the suspension of air strikes or movements that hinder humanitarian efforts", he said.
Also on Monday, the UN said the Arab coalition should stop targeting Yemen's Sanaa airport.
"No flights can take off or land while the runways are being repaired," Johannes Van Der Klaauw, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement.
"I strongly urge the coalition to stop targeting Sanaa international airport and to preserve this important lifeline - and all other airports and seaports - so that humanitarians can reach all those affected by the armed conflict in Yemen."
Fuel for infrastructure
The UN has called for a humanitarian pause in the conflict, as relief agencies say they desperately need supplies, including fuel to run infrastructure such as hospitals.
Senegal to send thousands of troops to Yemen
It warned that key infrastructure in the war-torn country, including water supplies, health services and telecommunications, are on the verge of breaking down due to a major fuel shortage.
The UN's Van Der Klaauw, said on Saturday that an arms embargo was affecting delivery of supplies, urging a humanitarian pause "at least for a couple of days".
Senegal said on Monday that it was sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort.
"This Senegalese contribution to the international coalition is equally aimed at protecting Islam's holy places Mecca and Medina which are also threatened by these terrorist groups,'' Mankeur Ndiaye, foreign affairs minister, said.
At least 1,200 people have been killed in fighting in Yemen since March 19 and thousands more have been wounded, according to the UN. It estimates that at least 300,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.
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