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Netanyahu’s wife insults Ukrainian audience

Israeli and Ukrainian leaders have come to the defense of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara after she appeared to toss away a piece of bread offered to her at an official Ukrainian welcoming ceremony. Netanyahu and his wife, on a two-day official trip to Ukraine, were greeted at the …

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Saudi-Malaysian refinery back on track

Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PrefChem), a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Aramco, has begun to restart a crude distillation unit (CDU) at its oil refinery in Malaysia, Petronas said on Saturday. Malaysia’s state oil firm said the refinery had started feeding crude oil into the unit earlier this week, …

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Afghanistan to serve as back channel for US-Iran

Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts. The intermediaries, the sources say, secretly have been relaying …

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Tourism decree can be called revolutionary

Uzbekistan will partly compensate the expenses of tour operators and charter flight organizers using fund from the state budget if they bring in foreign tourists, a presidential decree issued on Tuesday said. The decree , which aims to boost the country’s tourism sector, stipulates that from January 1, 2020, the …

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Uzbekistan has set road towards its ambitious goals

After Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to the post of the President the number of beautiful and landscaped areas in Uzbekistan are increasing as a result of measures aimed at radically renewing the image of cities and villages, improving social conditions. I personally witnessed these creativities during my trip to this country …

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Gibraltar now thinking of releasing Iran tanker

Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking …

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UAE in defence talks with Brazil

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC, received Eduardo Bolsonaro, Chairman of Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, and discussed with him ways of enhancing friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The two sides took stock of the latest …

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Uzbekistan is Open for Business after Years of Isolation

This last week a numerous delegation of top-level officials and business folk from Uzbekistan paid a first-ever such visit to the US, initially to Washington DC for policy consultations then to New York for days-long conferences. The author of this article visited the investment forum titled “Uzbekistan’s Capital Market Opportunities” …

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Uzbekistan and Belarus: Concrete steps towards cooperation

During the visit on 1 August in Minsk, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hailed Belarus’ successful development and the head of state’s personal contribution to it. “Peacefully and sustainably developing Belarus is an example to follow for many countries. We are sincerely happy for the country’s successful reforms and vibrant development. …

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UAE reaches out to Nicaraguan president

The UAE Ambassador to Colombia Salem Rashed Salem AlOwais has presented his credentials as the country’s Non-Resident Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Nicaragua, to President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. President Ortega expressed his keenness to strengthen joint ties between the two friendly countries and deepen economic, trade, and investment relations. …

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NATO not keen on policing Gulf waters

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday there had been no formal request for the military alliance to launch a mission in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States has proposed stepping up efforts to safeguard the vital oil route at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. …

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Germany not policing Strait of Hormuz

Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission to secure the Strait of Hormuz, close to Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday. Stressing that Germany wants to avoid a further escalation of tensions in the region, Maas told reporters on a trip to Warsaw that there was …

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Sharjah Chamber meets with South African and Uzbek delegations

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, has received two high-ranking diplomatic delegations from South Africa and Uzbekistan, engaging in discussions on the emirate’s investment advantages. The delegations were also introduced to means for developing and reinforcing economic and trade relations, and to learn closely about investment cooperation opportunities …

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