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Post by rocky on Mon 24 Aug 2020, 7:02 am


An American newspaper: Washington is pressing Baghdad on the Gulf link

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A report by the American Epoque Times newspaper said, Monday, that the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to provide support for [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  relations with the Gulf states by exploiting the country's need for electric energy and therefore it is seeking to connect it to the Gulf electricity network in order to change the country's political orientations away from Iran and close to the axis American in the region.
"The United States is not trying in this way to destabilize what the report called" Iranian influence "by meeting its energy needs, but also bringing [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  closer, geopolitically, to the Gulf axis, according to experts.
"The Trump administration believes that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  should reduce its energy dependence on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  , and for this reason, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  pushing the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council toward each other," said Israa Sirim, a political science researcher at Aix-Marseille University .
And she added, “Recently, the United States fully supported a plan to connect [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  to the Gulf power grid and mediated between Baghdad and six Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, to reach an agreement, as the Iraqi state’s coffers were depleted due to the economic crisis caused by low oil prices and the epidemic, This left little investment to preserve the country's old electrical infrastructure.
Yazid Sayegh, a fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, said, “The United States is using two issues to draw [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  into a closer geopolitical relationship, as integrating [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  into the power grids of the Gulf Cooperation Council states is a way to promote strategic reorientation, and leaving the grid at a later time. It would be expensive ”.
For his part, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Center, Rang Aladdin, explained that “what the United States can and should innovate is a set of guidelines, and a framework for formulating what could actually be an American-Gulf axis in Baghdad and a political alliance with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Baghdad.” , Stressing that "exerting pressure and sanctions against [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  lies at the bottom of the American project to connect [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  to the Gulf electricity grid." End / 25 z
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An American newspaper: Washington is pressing Baghdad on the Gulf link Empty To keep Baghdad away from Iranian energy ... Washington is pushing for a new Iraqi-Saudi project

Post by rocky on Mon 24 Aug 2020, 7:12 am

To keep Baghdad away from Iranian energy ... Washington is pushing for a new Iraqi-Saudi project

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Economy News - Baghdad
An American newspaper reported, on Monday, that the United States is pushing for a new Saudi-Iraqi project to invest in the energy field, noting that it is "towards completion."
The Wall Street Journal said that the United States is seeking to integrate Iraq with its neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to invest in the energy field, indicating that the US President Donald Trump's administration has urged Baghdad to move forward towards cooperation with these countries in the project of connecting the electricity network, It is a step to reduce Baghdad's dependence on Iranian energy.
Washington had granted Iraq an exemption from the sanctions imposed on importing Iranian energy, for humanitarian reasons related to plunging Baghdad into darkness without this energy, at a time when Iraq is trying to reduce its dependence on Tehran.
The networking project has been the subject of intense consultations in recent months, as it was discussed during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington last week.
Last Friday, the Iraqi Finance Minister, Ali Allawi, said that the project "is about to be defined, designed and put up for tenders," adding, "The electrical network in Iraq is likely to be linked to the networks of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait."
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Saudi Energy Minister confirmed that the agreement "is progressing towards completion" and includes an option for a direct link between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
"We were working on this," says a senior Trump administration official, referring to the Iraqi electricity grid connected to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Saudi Arabia recently started talks about potential investments in the $ 2.2 billion Artawi field project, which aims to redirect the large amounts of natural gas that Iraq is wasting toward power generation, according to the Iraqi Finance Minister and a Saudi oil official.
The spokesman for the Saudi Energy Minister added that Riyadh is also studying joint investments in solar energy inside Iraq and electricity exports from renewable projects in Saudi Arabia to supply Iraq.
Iraqi-Gulf relations were severed after the invasion of Kuwait by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 1990, before the United States established an international coalition to liberate Kuwait in February 1991.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, governments close to Tehran dominated in Baghdad, where Riyadh accused these governments of standing by the Iranian regime.
With the arrival of Al-Kazemi at the head of the Iraqi government recently, this choice prompted Iraq's efforts to improve its relationship with Riyadh and other Gulf countries.
Iraq is facing increasing difficulties in meeting the increasing demand for electricity, as problems with the electrical network have exacerbated, but Baghdad needs to modernize the electrical infrastructure, in order to be able to receive the flow of energy from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Last Thursday, Al-Kazemi told reporters, after a meeting with President Trump, that US officials had helped facilitate meetings in recent months between Iraqi electricity and energy officials and their counterparts in the Gulf states.
The spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, Ahmed Moussa, said, on August 17, that the first phase of the Gulf interconnection needs 14 months.
Moussa added, according to the Iraqi News Agency, that if the Gulf side begins implementing the first stage of the Gulf interconnection, they need a time limit of about 14 months to complete this stage at 500 MW.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity indicated that Iraq has completed the Faw Abu Flus Line No. 1 and the Al Faw Transfer Station 400, and the “Faw Aboflos Line No. 2” remains, in which the work completion rate has reached 60%, confirming that the Governor of Basra has pledged to complete this line and thus Iraq has completed 80% of the objects.
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