Enthusiasts: Energy Crisis: Scholz in Arabia, first stage of a tour in the Gulf

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The race for energy resources began

Olaf Scholz est à la recherche de pétrole et d'énergie pour l'Allemagne © UNITLED/AP/SIPA OLAF SCHOLZ is looking for oil and energy For Germany Petrole - The race for energy resources began

The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a 48 -hour visit to three states of the Gulf , to try to Treat energy partnerships, announced the Saudi public channel Al-Ekhbariya. Olaf Scholz, who is accompanied by a large delegation from numerous economic sectors, was received at Jeddah airport by the Red Sea, by the governor of the Mecca region, Prince Khalid Bin Faisal Al Saud.

In Saudi Arabia, the second producer of Oil behind the United States , Olaf Scholz must notably meet on Saturday the crown prince and de facto leader of the kingdom Mohammed bin Salmane, known as "MBS". He must also meet with a group of Saudi women, before going to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday evening, then in Qatar on Sunday.

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The race for black gold

like the French president Emmanuel Macron or the former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before him, Olaf Scholz makes this trip in full race against the clock to find new suppliers in order to compensate Russian gas deliveries that have almost dried up.

This trip to the three countries, "important regional actors", could thus be referred by contract signatures, in particular to the Emirates for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG). "We are going to finalize ambitious proposals," said an advisor to Olaf Scholz, without wanting to say more at this stage.

oil ok, but human rights in all of this?

Amnesty International criticized the displacement of the German Chancellor to Saudi Arabia and in particular his meeting with "MBS", criticized on the international scene after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey in 2018.

" The German chancellor should not be silent on human rights violations, "said Amnesty International . The chancellor should, assures those around him, approach the Saudi prince the issue of human rights and the condition of women.

Angela Merkel's successor will be received in turn received on Sunday by the president of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyane, then the Emir of Qatar, Cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al-Thani.

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