UPDATE: Maghrebia is forever engraved in my memory as the site which claims to encourage “discussion on all subjects, including sensitive ones” yet has consistently failed to publish even my most innocuous remarks; and also is the site which recently posted about the so-called Arab Bloggers Conference in Nouakchott with Lina Ben Mhenni’s name as a star speaker, even though she had very publicly declared her intention to boycott the event after discovering it was a political ruse on the part of Aziz and his cronies to usurp the Maghreb youth movements in the same way as he has tried to do in Mauritania. Anyway, this site publishes the note below, which I assume is the official version of events as they were supposed to unfold. How much of it, if any, is true remains unclear.
Mauritania, Qatar accords include job plan
2012-01-06Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the visiting Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, signed several bilateral agreements on Thursday (January 5th). Plans for joint projects include jobs in Qatar for Mauritanian workers.
The accords signed during Al-Thani’s one-day visit to Nouakchott also cover finance, agriculture, sustainable development, justice, and other sectors.
The National Bank of Qatar recently opened a branch in Mauritania and the emir’s wife has financed a social development foundation in the country to fight illiteracy and rehabilitate youths.
My opinions remain unchanged and unchallenged.
The poor relationship between Qatar and Mauritania meant I was not expecting much to result from the Emir’s 5 January visit. In particular, I felt that the Emir visiting in person, rather than extending an invitation for Aziz to visit him, was not so much of an honor, but perhaps a lack of trust, reflecting earlier reports that Qatar had refused to issue visas to Aziz’ wife, for example. All this points to the visit being intended to deliver some kind of warning to Aziz, rather than an olive branch or the hand of friendship.
However, after Aziz has invested so much time and energy strengthening the diplomatic and economic relationship with Algeria, and making a visit to Tunisia several weeks ago, around the same time as the Qatari Emir, I entertained a faint expectation that this might be a move towards bridging their differences. Other insider gossip has included complaints from Qatar about the level of corruption in Mauritania, in relation to the mismanagement of funds for development projects funded by Qatar, and @weddady’s status update indicates that this is still a point of contention.
Many people have also commented on the lapse in protocol in allowing the Emir to leave Nouakchott without a farewell party to accompany his entourage to the airport. Even if Aziz has been disappointed not to enjoy the patronage of one of the Arab world’s wealthiest leaders, good manners cost nothing.
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