Ummmm, so why is NZ cuddling up to Saudi Arabia again and shouldn’t we be revisiting that?

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Joint ministerial group sign accord for stronger Saudi-New Zealand cooperation

A Saudi and New Zealand joint ministerial group ended a two-day series of meetings in Auckland on Friday with an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

The committee’s minutes were signed by Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, and New Zealand Minister of Trade and Export Growth David Parker.
Saleh Al-Nuweiser, charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in New Zealand, and representatives of the government bodies took part in the meetings.

Al-Fadhli said: “Trade between the two countries has witnessed remarkable development in past years, rising from SR675 million ($16 million) to about SR3 billion in 2016.”

He said the committee will contribute to the development of sustainable cooperation in all fields.

Abdulaziz Al-Hewesh, director-general of the ministry’s General Administration of Legal Affairs and International Cooperation, said that the joint ministerial committee recommended strengthening work and partnerships to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in the fields of diplomacy and justice, trade and investment, consumer protection, standardization, finance and banking, as well as cooperation in the fields of energy, industry, mineral wealth, information technology and sports.

This didn’t get much attention from the local NZ media, but two months ago we held a two day cuddle festival with a regime that is killing thousands of civilians in Yemen, crucifies people, beats bloggers, arrests women who drive oh and who recently butchered a journalist.

Let’s remind ourselves of the changing Saudi story over the killing of Khashoggi…

1: Khashoggi is not dead, he walked out of the embassy after he had finished his business and we have no idea where he is now. Such accusations are an affront to the great people of Saudi Arabia.

2: On reflection and amid growing allegations, it is clear to the Saudi Arabian moderate Government (who have really pulled back on public crucifixions) that Khashoggi  has gone missing, but the great people of Saudi Arabia have no idea where he is and any suggestion otherwise is an insult.

3: The reforming democratic Government of the great Saudi Arabian people accept that Khashoggi is actually dead. Recordings of him screaming wildly as he is chopped up certainly points in the direction of being deceased.

4: The fair and woke Government of Saudi Arabia have now bravely declared that Khashoggi is in fact dead but we are swearing in front of Allah and clean oil  that we had nothing to do with his death.

5: Ok, look, Khashoggi is dead, however it appears a rogue team of hired killers with direct links to the Royal family secretly snuck out of the country and accidentally killed him after he slipped and fell 30 times, but the progressive green Government of Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this. Yes the planes are ours, but bloody kids these days right? Stealing the commercial jet when Dad’s not looking, we’ll handle this and you can bet your bottom dollar someone is going to get grounded.

6: Ummm. So it does appear that not only is Khashoggi dead but we, the fourth wave feminist allied Saudi Arabian Government , actually might have been completely responsible for this but, but, it was all a misunderstanding and we accidentally chopped him up while he was alive. It happens, we are actually the victims here, this has all been emotionally draining.

…soooooooo in light of recent events shouldn’t we be rethinking our relationship with the Saudis? I get the line that is trotted out by MFAT Goons, ‘if we only traded with people we agreed with, we wouldn’t trade with anyone’, and I appreciate the need to build up trade, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut a line has to be drawn somewhere right, and surely a country that crucifies people and butchers journalists live is kinda where one would draw that line?

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11 COMMENTS

  1. The Saudis are what I think are just too paper driven right now. They’re looking into reforms driven by the Crown Prince and the areas most ripe for progressive discourse in Saudi Arabia is feminine products and renewable energy. Saudi Arabia is a fundal monarchy with heavy religious undertones, and a disciplinary regime superseded only by U.S. Foreign policy. Also there trade finance, litigation finance and political finance and education finance, I think we will find real strides in that area because we can be true disruptors in that area because of how easy it is to drill for oil relative to the disruptive nature of energy transforming policy and I think the Coalition Government can make enormous strides in changing how people operate. And if we are truly outstanding in building capital infrastructure at home we can have an influence on our trade allies.

    We also need to take a good look at ourselves. With any government oversight there needs to be 4 pillars 1) auditing, 2) training staff, 3) enforcement 4) reporting. There are many examples where these pillars brake down from auditing electoral donations to foreign investments and cronyism and you can go down the list of fraudulent behaviour that’s managed to grab headlines.

  2. But that would mean also following the US and not trading with Iran. Where will we send all the sheep if not Saudi or Iran??

  3. Ummm… the same reasons “we” are in the back pocket of the Chinese dictatorship? No values other than property values….

  4. We are a small fry but we still need to stand up for what is right and we need to speak out when evil prevails irrespective of who is being evil and how rich they are. We need to tell them this behaviour is not acceptable to us and we will not tolerate it. We need to make sure we uphold human rights other wise we might as well realise all those prisoners we have locked up in our prisons as this whole saudi saga makes a mockery of our legal and judicial system especially when someone can be brutally murdered in a consulate. And we should be closing down our Auckland saudi consulate or at the very least put signs up ‘enter at own risks’.

  5. “if we only traded with people we agreed with, we wouldn’t trade with anyone”

    Would that be justification for NZ to have traded with Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia? Millions perished, but as long as we make a quid out of trade, that’s all hunky dory?

    If that’s capitalism, screw it. We’re better than that.

    • Its not about disagreeing with people its about us having high standards, morals and principles and maintaining them something strongly lacking in our last government and many other countries.

    • Mjlonir the British PM said after the Saudi premeditated murder that her country trade with people with the same values then she said ‘yes, we are supplying weapons for Yemen’. There is something seriously wrong with her values.

  6. NZ INC is for sale, and most people do NOT care, as they want bribes to afford a BS middle class lifestyle that they could not afford without foreign money and investment.

    NZers are a corrupt people and nation, full stop, idealists are difficult to find here, same as principled people.

    Money will buy you almost anything here, the Saudis know it, the Chinese know it, all foreign investors know it.

  7. Money, money, money, makes the world go round, no matter whether it comes from murderous regimes and dictatorships or else, it is welcome by the ‘whores’ of society, including those politicians who sell themselves for money and interests in money, no further comment needed, no matter who is in government.

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