Saudi Arabia’s new game in Africa
TEHRAN- Saudi Arabia is seeking a presence in African countries, especially Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, to diversify its partners, the Etemad newspaper wrote.
In line with this policy, Riyadh is pursuing the following goals: Exploiting the geopolitical capabilities of these countries, promoting Wahhabism, attracting experts for its oil industry, guarantee its food security, etc.
The geopolitical situation of Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya are of importance to Saudi Arabia as the three have access to high seas.
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman also plans to build mosques and universities under the guise of cultural activities to promote Saudi influence, as there are Muslim minorities in all three countries. In this way, Saudi Arabia can also effectively promote Wahhabism in these countries.
For its oil industry, Saudi Arabia needs African skilled workers. Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania are the countries that send migrant workers.
Riyadh is also trying to use these countries’ fertile lands to produce crops to counter possible food insecurity.
Arman-e Melli: Let’s follow JCPOA more seriously
In an article, Arman-e Melli points to the necessity of revitalizing the nuclear agreement, aka JCPOA, between Iran and the West, writing: Neither Iran nor other countries will not give up revitalizing the JCPOA.
As time goes by, the West raises more questions, but Iran should enter into negotiations with new professional negotiators before the time is over. The new team should have two characteristics: First, they should be expert on the issue, and second, they have to have authority and have to be more open-handed.
Of course, the recent positions of the European governments regarding Iran are greatly influenced by public opinion, but it does not mean that they cannot fully return to the JCPOA revival negotiations.