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Trump declares emergence, sells $8billion worth of weapons to Saudi, UAE

U.S. President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The Trump administration informed congressional committees that it will go …

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Bin Salman in Sudan for military talks

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met the deputy head of Sudan’s transitional military council who is visiting Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency said early on Friday. The meeting between Prince Mohammed and General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who goes by the nickname Hemedti, was held in the city of Jeddah, …

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Saudi and UAE heading to boycotted Trump peace-investment meeting

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Israel-Palestinian peace plan. The “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop, to be hosted on June 25-26 in …

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Saudi againsr war, and for oil price stability

Saudi Arabia’s council of ministers reiterated the country’s commitment to balancing global oil markets and preventing regional conflict amid tensions between Iran and the United States, state media reported on Wednesday. The kingdom “will do everything in its power to prevent any war and its hand is always extended to …

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Saudi Aramco buying American LNG

Saudi Arabian Oil Co, known as Aramco, has agreed to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) from San Diego-based Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur project in Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The terms of the deal could not be determined and it …

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Saudi airport hit by Houthis

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement targeted an arms depot at Najran airport in Saudi Arabia which caused a fire to break out in the facility, the group’s Al Masirah TV said on Tuesday. Earlier the Saudi-led military coalition said a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia’s province of Najran was targeted with …

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Saudi Arabia not keen on war with Iran

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone strikes on …

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Saudi oil minister say no need for more oil

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday that he saw no oil supply shortage as global oil inventories are still rising, particularly from the United States, but OPEC will be responsive to the oil market’s needs. Speaking in Jeddah ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday of …

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Saudi-led coalition drives into Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi oil installations. The Sanaa strikes targeted nine military sites in and around the city, residents said. Rubble filled a populated street …

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Iran blames Israel for Gulf explosions

The tanker attacks off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were “Israeli mischief,” an Iranian parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). “The events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief,” Behrouz Nemati said, without providing any details on what role …

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Nigeria exploring cooperation with Saudi Aramco

Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Kachikwu and the president of Saudi Aramco have discussed investment options in the mid and downstream sector, Nigeria’s petroleum ministry said on Wednesday in a tweet. Aramco is expanding downstream operations such as refining and petrochemicals production as part of its drive to become the world’s …

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Four killed during terror attack in Saudi

Four people died as an attack on a police station in Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh province was foiled, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, citing its own sources. The four casualties had helped carry out the attack at the police station in Zulfi, a small city around 250 km …

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Saudi Aramco prospets for oil, gas in Iraq

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Thursday that Saudi state-owned oil giant Aramco will help his government explore for gas in the country’s western desert, according to Al-Arabiya television. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is in Riyadh on the second day of an official visit to Saudi Arabia, …

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Iraqi PM in Saudi, meets MBS

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran. Abdul Mahdi’s meeting with the crown prince came after …

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Support Saudi-led war Yemen remains strong

American president Donald Trump remains a strong supporter of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. At the same time the military intervention garners unconditional support at the home front. By Arthur Blok* Trump issued the second veto of his presidency earlier this week halting a congressional resolution that would have sought …

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MBS in talks with U.S. Central Command

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met U.S. Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie in the capital Riyadh to discuss cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military arena, Saudi Press Agency said late on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and latest developments in the …

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US Senate wants disclosures over nuclear cooperation

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators will introduce legislation on Wednesday mandating that the executive branch disclose details about authorizations it gives companies on sharing sensitive nuclear energy information with countries looking to build reactors. Lawmakers have criticized the Trump administration for issuing seven so-called Part 810 authorizations to companies …

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Trump in Saudi for talks on Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by phone on Tuesday, discussing Riyadh’s role in Middle East stability, maintaining pressure on Iran and the importance of human rights issues, the White House said. Washington’s Middle East ally faces rising pressure over its handling of …

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