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Dr. Mustafa Alani, Dr. Christian Koch and Dr. Oskar Ziemelis met with Michael Sturm, Principal Economist for EU Neighboring Regions at the European Central Bank and Gilles Noblet, Deputy Director General for International and European Relations also at the ECB, during a visit to the GRC. They discussed regional development and its impact on the macroeconomic stability and outlook for the Gulf.

Florian Weisweiler and Christian Koch met with the new Consul General of Switzerland in the UAE, Mr. Walter Deplazes, in the GRC office. In addition to covering regional development and its implications, the guest was informed about the activities of the GRC in particular with reference to the GRC Foundation in Geneva.

Mr. Fawzi Rihane, Program Manager for the Arab and Gulf Liaison Office of the International Fund for  Agricultural Development from Rome, Italy, paid a visit to the GRC where he met with the GRC Chairman, Dr. Abdulaziz Sager and Dr. Christian Koch, Director for International Studies. During the meeting, they discussed possible cooperation with specific emphasis on food security and agricultural issues. 

Amb. Fred Tanner, Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, visited the GRC to discuss current developments in the region and to outline some of the training courses the Geneva Center is running also with view of the participation of individuals from the GCC states. Amb. Tanner is a member of the GRC Foundation Council. He was accompanied by the Swiss Defence Attaché, Colonel GS André Schreier.

Mr. Eric Giraud-Telme, Consul General of France, visited the GRC and held discussions with Dr. Mustafa Alani, Director of the Security and Defense Research Program, on current regional developments.

The Ambassador of France, Alain Azouaou, held a meeting with the GRC Chairman Dr. Abdulaziz Sager to discuss recent development and their implications