Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud has ordered the allocation of $15 million to alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar. The Saudi Royal court adviser and general supervisor of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, Dr Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, “a specialized team from the centre will be heading to Bangladesh within the coming few hours to make an assessment of the condition of Rohingya refugees there and to find out what are the essential requirements that are to be made available to them urgently, as well as to extend assistance in terms of relief, humanitarian help and shelter.” “As per the directive of the King, […]
Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi Press Agency [SPA] said on Tuesday, redoubling efforts to counter Iran in the Gulf region and defeat Islamic State. Prime Minister Theresa May said in December that Britain would invest over 3 billion pounds ($4.05 billion) in defence in Gulf Arab states over the next decade as it seeks to build on traditionally strong ties with the conservative, oil-wealthy monarchies before its planned departure from the European Union. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed military cooperation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as the kingdom’s defence minister and deputy prime minister, the SPA report said without providing details of the agreement. Gulf Arab states say Iran is trying to […]
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A survey shows that 67 per cent of Palestinians want the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and 75 per cent remain skeptical of the role the administration of US President Donald Trump plays in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The result of the survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research among 1,270 Palestinians, was published Tuesday. It showed that only 33 per cent of Palestinians wanted Abbas to remain in office. Three-quarters believed the Trump administration was not serious about a peace deal. The poll showed 52 per cent of Palestinians still supported a two-state solution, but 57 per cent said it was no longer feasible because of Israel’s settlement expansion. The Survey Research poll had an error margin of […]
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Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) economic power, propelled by oil exports via Turkey, is potentially at risk if the KRG’s capital and seat of power Erbil insists on independence considering Ankara’s objection to the referendum, Volkan Ozdemir, head of the Institute for Energy Markets and Policies (EPPEN) told Anadolu Agency (AA). The non-binding referendum is expected to see residents in provinces controlled by the Iraqi regional government vote on independence from Baghdad on 25 September. Baghdad rejects the planned poll, saying it will adversely affect the fight against the Daesh terrorist group, which still maintains a significant presence in northern Iraq. Turkey, too, rejects it, stating the region’s stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its […]
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Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said on Tuesday evening that his movement is ready to receive the Palestinian Unity Government in Gaza. In a press conference held immediately after returning to the Gaza Strip from Cairo, he said: “To show Hamas’ seriousness to bring about reconciliation, we invite the unity government to come and assume its duties in Gaza unimpeded.” Haniyeh added: “We are awaiting the next step to be taken by the government in Ramallah – to end the punitive measures taken against the Gaza Strip in previous months.” The Hamas leader described his talks in Cairo regarding the reconciliation as “important and positive developments,” noting that the Egyptian government was eager to end the internal Palestinian […]
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Israeli occupation forces yesterday suppressed a demonstration held in occupied Hebron against a new body setup to provide services to illegal settlers in the city, arresting a photographer. Participants waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans calling on the Israeli authorities to remove military barriers and fences restricting the movement of Palestinians inside the Old City and preventing their access to the Ibrahimi Mosque. Issa Amr, coordinator of the Youth Rally Against Settlements, told the Anadolu Agency: “Israeli soldiers dispersed the demonstrators by force, without firing, and prevented their access to the Ibrahimi Mosque, but no injuries were reported.” Amr pointed out that the army arrested the photographer Hazem Badr, while one of the settlers attacked Palestinian children who were participating […]
Somalia’s southern autonomous region has sided with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ bloc against Qatar, local news site Garowe reported yesterday. President Sharif Hassan’s office of Southwest State said a neutral position previously taken by the Federal Government of Somalia on the Qatar-Gulf rift did not match the considerations of the federal member states and people. We expressed in the leadership forum held in Mogadishu in July 2017 that Somalia can not take a neutral position on the Gulf Crises because of our historical relationship as well as the strategic partnership we have with Saudi Arabia and the UAE said Hassan. Somalia’s official response to the Gulf rift was to support Qatar, as pushed forward by President Mohammed […]
The Bahraini oil minister, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, said that the political challenges in the Gulf region will always be present but the Gulf will always have an important economic weight in the world. “Oil will remain the most important commodity in the world. The Gulf region, which has the world’s leading strategic location, will continue to have the largest oil reserves and the highest production rates,” said Sheikh Mohammed in a press statement yesterday. He added that he expects oil prices to rise to over $55 a barrel next year. The Gulf will be unable to meet the global market’s needs and demands for renewable energy, the minister said, although it is good to promote the […]
US President Donald Trump said yesterday there is a “good chance” at achieving peace between Israel and Palestine during his administration. Trump’s latest comments on the issue were made prior to an hour-long consultation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, their first meeting since May, according to Haaretz. His statements expressed greater positivity than those made earlier this month when he doubted how successful upcoming negotiations would be. “We are going to discuss peace between Israel and the Palestinians; it will be a fantastic achievement,” Trump declared yesterday. “We are giving it absolute go – there is a good chance it could happen. Most people would say there is no chance whatsoever, but I think that with […]
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Pressing amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) will be revealed at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today. Presidency Council (PC) head Fayez Al-Sarraj will attend the meeting as the head of a 60-strong delegation from Libya. Al-Sarraj will also attend planned meetings during his stay in New York after the main discussions with new UNSMIL chief Ghassan Salamé where the changes to the LPA will be formally unveiled. The LPA was signed in Morocco in 2015 as a binding agreement to help end the fighting in Libya that spiralled out of control after the uprising against former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Some of the changes that are expected to be unveiled today include downsizing the […]