Last February, German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock presented an 80-page list of guidelines, a practical guide to her new ‘feminist foreign policy’. “We pursue a feminist foreign policy because it is desperately needed, because men and women are not yet equal in the world,” read the headline, which promised a “feminist reflection” on all of the department’s work and its funding. 85% allocated to “gender sensitive” projects.
The “feminist foreign policy”, however, did not appear during her visit to Qatar, which aimed to secure its energy supply. “The supply of LNG from Qatar to Germany will help us diversify our energy sources. We want to stabilize energy supplies through ties with Qatar,” he said in Doha with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. Hui said at the joint press conference.
As for Qatar, the German football team did much more “feminist politics” during the last World Cup than the foreign minister, who was entirely devoted to pragmatism and once again wanted to play an influential role in the Gulf region. had a German facility.
Barebach agreed during his visit to the emirate to hold a strategic dialogue aimed at boosting ties in a region where the rights of women, LGBT groups and foreign workers seem to be under-legitimised, and especially in a Whatever is good with the country. Contacts with Iran, the Taliban, Hamas and other terrorist organizations. “We will see each other more often in the future,” Bierbock said goodbye to the sheikh, with whom he promised special contacts that Qataris could use with Germany. Baerbock has acknowledged and appreciated that without Qatar the evacuation of thousands of former local Bundeswehr personnel from Afghanistan would not have been possible. and that Qatar’s mediation in the nuclear dispute with Iran could possibly avert the worst.
In Doha, Bierbock praised Qatar’s “clear and critical” position on Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine. “Qatar has also clearly raised its voice,” he said, after being received by Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the head of state. However, Qatari officials have refrained from mentioning the matter publicly.
Qatar’s prime minister said that he and Bierbock had discussed the war, but he remained secretive about the contents of the conversation. “We talked about the honor, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and its territorial integrity,” Sheikh Mohammed said. Bayerbok has welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to Friday’s Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia, where he will certainly reiterate that this war “could end tomorrow if the aggressors withdraw their troops.” takes it.”
The Russian aggression is an attack on the UN Charter, in the words of the German minister, “the basis of life for all states, especially the smallest states of this world”. But the fact remains that the Gulf states for the most part maintain good relations with Russia and try to maintain a position of neutrality in the war in Ukraine. Moscow is an important partner for them, especially in the energy sector. According to Arab diplomats, Zelensky’s participation in the organization’s summit in Jeddah should allow talks on possible talks between Moscow and Kiev. Initially, there has been no confirmation from Kiev that Zelensky will attend. Saudi Arabia has already offered to mediate in the conflict.