Grenada’s diplomacy in Arab hands

Something big, unprecedented and explosive may well be unfolding before our very eyes! From London to Paris; from Trinidad to Venezuela, Arab people are seemingly becoming the dominant players in Grenada’s diplomatic affairs.

This is no guessing card game as the trumps, Danny Fahkre, Amado Fahkre Hassan Hadeed and Naguib Sawiris have all been played face upon the table by the Mitchell administration. Predictably, there are others to come mostly from the Gulf States (all Arabs) and one could expect them to be appointed as Honorary Consuls.

What is their mission? Who is Danny Fahkre? Why has this person who is virtually a stranger to Grenadians, been appointed as our Deputy High Commissioner to London? This is not a position that Grenada has had in the past, nor is it one that today we can afford. Our information is that Danny Fahkre has no appetite for ordinary service to Grenada. It is known that he was living and doing business in Trinidad. So what is his role?

For starters, recognise a connection between the Fakhres’ and Sawiris, as demonstrated on our TVs a few days ago. In fact, Sawiris identified the Fakhre present at the Press briefing, as his business partner. So there is Danny Fahkre, Amado Fahkre who was imprisoned in Cuba up until recently and who has turned up in Grenada, and Sawiris the Egyptian business tycoon. All Arabs! Hassan too.

Remember now that the Minister of Foreign Affairs told the public that Grenada was moving to more upscale offices in London. We know that Grenada cannot afford that luxury, so evidently, a paymaster is needed. Who might that be? Might it be someone other than Peter de Savary?

The London High Commission is obviously intended to be the centre of operations for the Economic Citizenship Program. The primary targets are Middle Eastern (Arab) countries, as well as some Chinese. The consequence is that there is likely to be an influx of Arabs into Grenada and with it, the emergence of security tensions between Grenada and the US, particularly over the welfare of the American students attending the SGU.

The second consequence is the introduction of a potentially destabilising Arab flavour to our local politics. The Sawiris narrative highlights his appetite for things political. By all accounts, he is no mean political activist!

Interestingly, it is reasonable to conclude that Sawiris has been in the wings for some time with his eyes set on Grenada. Indications are that under the NDC he saw no realistic prospect of securing what he wanted. After all, the lands he is now buying were available seven months ago, and he has always had the means of doing so.

Secondly, the people of Grenada have not become warm and friendly since February 19th, 2013. Then too, the freedom to enjoy a swim in safety on our beaches has been here ever since. So what has changed? Was there local media at MBIA when he gave that rationale?

Ask yourself why would Sawiris, as loaded as he is, need to become an Economic Citizen of Grenada (his disclosure)? And why does he need to have a diplomatic appointment as Ambassador? The way these things work is that the ‘outsiders’ tend to put such requests as conditions for doing certain things for those who have the power to grant their wishes.

The subject matter of their agreement may not necessarily be in the best interest of Grenada, neither would the transactions to give expression to their agreements be open, transparent and above board. But we have seen this in practise before; some people call it ‘The Resteiner Model’! Readers will remember that it was under that model that the PM got his “damn money”, a few years ago.

If you think deeply about it, Sawiris’ primary motive could not have been finding an investment opportunity for his wealth. (These views do not constitute an attack on his investment plan.) There exist many countries that are in the business of attracting investment in tourism, even right here in the Caribbean. Rather, his dominant motivation must have been the need to have diplomatic status and alternative citizenship to facilitate his travel, his receipt and dissemination of certain types of information, and financial transactions, among other immunities and privileges.

Money by itself cannot confer such rights and access. But the use of money in an arranged enterprise with a sovereign state, can secure what Sawiris finds he is now lacking and is in need of having.

Oh Grenada! Do you understand what you are reading?




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