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RIYADH: The EU Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain today organized a high-level training for 35 diplomats from the three countries on European affairs at the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh.

“Our goal is to improve mutual understanding with our partners in the Gulf region, and we believe that a better understanding of how the EU works… will contribute to this goal,” said EU Ambassador Patrick Simonnet.

The EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman aims to increase engagement with the Gulf region by fostering EU knowledge, understanding and cooperation.

During the opening ceremony, speeches were delivered by Simmonet, His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al-Said, Ambassador of Oman to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Dr. Adel Alomrani, Acting Director General of IDS; and Dr. Turki Al-Turki, Head of International Cooperation at IDS.

“This program is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of participants in the EU. I am confident that this training will have a lasting impact on the participants to further deepen relations with EU members,” Al-Turki said.

The five-day course, entitled “EU Policies and Decision-Making”, is organized by Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, from February 13 to 17 and will include workshops, lectures and discussions from group, bringing together participants from the three Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

“The training is unique; it offers a state-of-the-art approach and will include proactive approaches, workshops and case studies. This is the result of fruitful EU cooperation,” Alomrani said.

The program demonstrates the commitment of the EU and the GCC to advancing bilateral relations and mutual understanding.

“This training represents the closeness of EU-GCC relations and demonstrates our shared commitment to advancing these relations,” Simonnet said.

During the opening ceremony, the Ambassador to the EU said the training will be useful for the future diplomatic careers of the Gulf participants representing their countries in the EU.

The opening session of the training, entitled “The EU in motion: changing balances of power”, featured an overview of the EU and allowed students to have an open discussion during the conference.

The training will teach diplomats how decisions are made, how negotiations are conducted and how to better network for the future.

“I am convinced that this program will help participants better understand decision-making processes,” said Alomrani.

The focus of the training will also include discussions on EU external communications with GCC countries.

Besides expanding collaboration between the GCC and the EU, the program will address trade agreements, policies and various energy cooperations between the two entities.

Throughout the course, students will discuss the various challenges facing the EU and the GCC.

“This program offers a unique opportunity for diplomats to gain valuable information and a professional understanding of the EU – which represents an important voice in global affairs as well as one of the world’s leading economies,” said Dr Muneera. Al-Khalifa, Managing Director. from the Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Bahrain, said.

At the end of the training, the students will be rewarded with personalized certificates during the closing ceremony, which will take place on February 17 in the diplomatic district of Riyadh.


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