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Omicron variant reaches Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant coming from a north African country, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday. SPA, quoting a statement from the kingdom’s health ministry, said authorities had isolated the person and people who were in contact with them. It is the …

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Saudi sets up consulate in Taliban Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia announced that it was opening the consular section in its embassy in the Afghani capital of Kabul as of Tuesday to provide consular services to Afghani citizens, state news agency (SPA) reported. In August, Saudi evacuated all of its diplomats from the embassy in Kabul after the Taliban …

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Saudi to chair anti-human trafficking forum

Saudi Arabia on Monday will chair the third government forum to discuss the challenges of combating human trafficking in the Middle East. The two-day forum will be held virtually under the theme “National and international coordination on combating trafficking in persons in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.” The forum …

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Macron on Gulf tour in December

French President Emmanuel Macron will go on an official trip to the Gulf region, visiting Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar between Dec. 3 and 4, the Elysee presidential office said on Friday. France maintains strong relations with the Gulf States, in economic and cultural terms, but also in terms of security.  …

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Lebanese PM insist Kordahi must go and soon

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on Friday that he will soon call a cabinet session, saying that the situation in the country is “very difficult and the people should not have to deal with more crises.” His remarks came after protesters stormed the Ministry of Health building in Beirut …

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Turkey to mediate between Lebanon and Gulf

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Tuesday urged all parties to overcome the problems in Lebanon so that the Lebanese people do not have to “pay the price of regional bargains.” Çavuşoğlu stated in a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib that “we feel sad over …

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Saudi FM want Hezbollah reign to end

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has urged the Lebanese political class to put an end to Hizbullah’s “hegemony.” Bin Farhan affirmed that KSA is not willing to communicate with the Lebanese government “for the time being.” He added that the political class should take the necessary …

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US Mideast envoy in talks with Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met Saturday with US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs Yael Lambert to review strategic ties linking both countries, state agency SPA reported. They discussed regional and international issues of common interest, with strengthening security and stability in the Middle …

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Saudi granting citizenship to foreign experts

Saudi Arabia approved the granting of citizenship to foreign nationals with specialized skills in a number of professions on Thursday. The royal decree allows certain high-skilled professionals working in specialized areas within the legal, medical, scientific, cultural, sport and technical fields to obtain Saudi citizenship. The move comes in line …

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OPEC defends fossil fuels at COP62

Top representatives of the oil producer group OPEC defended a future role for fossil fuels at the U.N. climate conference https://www.reuters.com/business/cop on Wednesday, arguing the world can slash greenhouse gas emissions without swearing off oil and gas. The arguments clashed with the efforts of the summit’s British hosts to secure …

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Saudis denounce allegations made at COP26

The Saudi energy minister hit out on Wednesday at “lies” and “fabrications” over the Kingdom’s stance at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. After a speech in which he strongly defended Saudi Arabia’s track record in combating global warming, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman was asked about “serious allegations” that …

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Arab League thinks Kordahi quitting is a good idea

The Arab League Monday backed the resignation of Lebanon’s information minister whose comments on the Yemen war sparked a damaging diplomatic row with Gulf States. “From the very beginning, the resignation could have defused the crisis,” the League’s assistant secretary general, Hossam Zaki, told a news conference in Beirut. “We …

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Lebanese foreign minister in new row with Saudis

Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib met Wednesday with President Michel Aoun in Baabda, hours after Saudi newspaper Okaz published controversial statements attributed to the minister about the already tense relation with Saudi Arabia. “What happened over the past days must stop at the extent of putting the common Arab interest …

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Oil-rich Marib attacked by Houthi hordes

Expecting a possible siege, pro-government forces in central Yemen are preparing to defend Marib city, their last northern stronghold, against advancing Houthi fighters bent on taking full control of one of Yemen’s key energy-producing regions. Should Marib governorate fall to the Houthis it would deal a blow to the military …

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Joint Saudi-UAE air drill

The Royal Saudi Air Force continued a joint air-missile combat exercise at Al-Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, the Saudi Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The RSAF participated in the exercise along with the counterparts from a number of countries. “The exercise is one of the largest and longest-running maneuvers …

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Houthis back Kordahi in face of Saudi

Yemen’s Houthis on Sunday put up posters in support of a Lebanese minister whose criticism of the Saudi-led war in Yemen sparked a diplomatic row between Lebanon and Gulf states. Saudi Arabia has expelled Lebanon’s envoy and recalled its ambassador from Beirut, with Bahrain and Kuwait following suit. The UAE …

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French senator in Saudi

The minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, on Sunday received the French senate member, Nathalie Goulet, the Saudi Press Agency reported. During their meeting in Riyadh, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to support and develop them.  They also discussed regional and international developments …

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Saudi gives Lebanon ultimatum to fire Kordahi

Riyadh has given Lebanon a two-day ultimatum to address the diplomatic crisis or else it will sever ties with Lebanon, media reports said on Monday. “It has been understood that the sacking or resignation of Information Minister George Kordahi would return the relation to the phase that preceded his remarks, …

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Saudi to conduct national autism survey

King Salman has approved a Saudi policy to conduct the National Autism Spectrum Disorder survey. Secretary-General of the Saudi Health Council Dr. Nahar bin Mazki Al-Azmi said that King Salman’s approval of the decisions proposed by the Saudi Health Council demonstrated the Kingdom’s interest in the health sector and harnessing …

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