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A delegation of high ranking naval officers from the US Naval Forces, headed by Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, Deputy Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, paid a courtesy visit to the Gulf Research Center. The delegation was briefed on the current regional situation by the GRC Chairman and the heads of the relevant departments.

A delegation from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung visited the Gulf Research Center to discuss regional developments and Gulf-EU relations. The delegation, consisting of Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Hardy Ostry, Head of Africa & ME Division and Mr. Thomas Birringer, Regional Representative to the Gulf States, was received and briefed by Dr. Oskar Ziemelis, the GRC Director of Cooperation.

The EU Commercial and Economic Counselors in the UAE held a meeting at GRC and were briefed by Dr. Eckart Woertz about the economic outlook of the GCC in 2009.

Mr. Jiro Kodera, Director-General of the Intelligence and Analysis Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan visited the GRC where he met with Dr. Christian Koch, Director of International Studies. They discussed current developments in the Gulf region especially issues pertaining to Yemen, the Iranian nuclear program and the Arab world in general. He was accompanied by Mr. Hiroyasu Kobayashi, the Consul General of Japan in Dubai.

A delegation from the South African Departmjent of Trade and Industry visited to the GRC to discuss the development of Gulf-Africa relations and ways to promote investment opportunities in Africa through GCC participation. The visit also talked about the planning for the second Gulf-Africa Forum to take place in Saudi Arabia in February 2010.  The delegation was headed by Mr. Iqbal Merr Sharma, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Trade and Industry and also included Mr. Willem Van Der Spuy, Director for Trade and Investment in South Africa; Mr. Sake Van Der Wal, Deputy Director of the Middle East and Asia Desk and Yunus Hoosen, Director for Investment Promotion and Facilitation.

H.E. Roland Koch, the Minister President of the German Federal State of Hessen, visited the GRC for a roundtable discussion of regional issues and priorities. He was accompanied on his visit by a delegation from the minister's office and as well as members of the regional parliament of the state of Hessen. Topics of discussion included the security challenges in the Gulf region including the Iranian nuclear program, the domestic developments in Iraq and the situation in Afghanistan/Pakistan and how they impact the Gulf, as well as the impact of the global financial crisis on the economic prospects for the region. Emphasis was also given to the role of Europe and particularly Germany in the Gulf and how it can strengthen its relations with the GCC states.