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Israel says Iran behind cargo ship attack

Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his “initial assessment” was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. The ship, a vehicle-carrier named MV Helios Ray, suffered an explosion between Thursday and Friday morning. A U.S. defence official in Washington …

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Relations finally thaw between Qatar, Egypt

Delegations from Qatar and Egypt met in Kuwait on Tuesday for the first time since an agreement last month to end a rift, both countries’ foreign ministries said, in a further push to bury a Gulf Arab diplomatic feud with repercussions around the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain …

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Yemen fundraising conference slotted for March

A fundraising event for Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is expected to take place in early March, hosted virtually by Sweden and Switzerland, four aid sources told Reuters on Sunday. A U.N.-backed push for international donors last June fell short of its $2.4 billion target, raising only $1.3 billion for what the …

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Oman’s Diplomatic Moves in Syria

By GIORGIO CAFIERO, BRETT SUDETIC   The Sultanate of Oman has long held a strategy of maintaining diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern countries amid their periods of relative isolation. Since Sultan Qaboos’ ascendance to the throne in 1970, Muscat has never severed diplomatic relations with any country in the world. This is …

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Qatar in new meritime skirmish with Bahrain

Qatar’s interior ministry said on Saturday its coastguard arrested three people on a Bahraini cruiser catching fish in Qatari territorial waters. Bahrain’s interior ministry said it had not received any official notice but that such provocative practices were inconsistent with the principles of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and …

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Turkish presence in Qatar a threat, UAE warns

Turkey’s army in Qatar is an element of instability in the Gulf region, a senior official of the United Arab Emirates has said, adding that it contributed to negative polarisation. The UAE and its Arab allies have imposed a boycott on Qatar since mid-2017 and had demanded that Doha close …

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Israelis, Saudis take diplomatic, economic offensive against Turkey

Israel’s defence minister accused Turkey on Sunday of destabilising the region and working against peacemaking efforts, and called for international pressure to bring about a change in the NATO power’s conduct. Israel generally shies from public censure of Turkey, with which it maintains trade and diplomatic relations despite the pro-Palestinian …

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Iran holds annual drill in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s military launched an annual drill in the Gulf near the strategic Strait of Hormuz waterway, Iranian state TV reported on Thursday, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington. The three-day exercise in the eastern side of the strait in the Gulf of Oman is aimed at …

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UAE, Iran in COVID talks

The foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Sunday that they would strive to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video call during which they also exchanged greetings for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his Iranian …

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Latest Iranian military drills in Gulf inflame tensions

US Navy carrier in the Arabian Gulf

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards launched a military drill in the Gulf on Tuesday, Iranian state television reported, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington. The U.S. military said the drill had caused two bases with American troops in the region to go on heightened alert and said …

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Iraqi PM headed to Saudi and Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday. On Sunday, Al-Kadhimi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before traveling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, …

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Kuwait cancels key solar power project over corona

The Kuwaiti cabinet cancelled plans to construct the Al-Dabdaba solar plant, which would have provided 15 percent of the oil sector’s needs of electrical energy, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The cabinet decided to cancel the decisions on the project due to the spread of coronavirus and its impacts on …

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Insight 238: Turning Gulf Security Upside Down

06 Jul 2020 This story first appeared as an MEI Insight A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Resolving the tug of war in the Middle East will require a backing away from approaches that treat conflicts as zero-sum games, and engagement by all regional and external players. …

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Gulf states beware. Chinese policy towards Sri Lanka tells a cautionary tale

By James M. Dorsey   China was quick to aid coronavirus-stricken Sri Lanka. Chinese magnanimity and speed in responding to the Indian Ocean island’s request contrasted starkly with Beijing’s more measured response to Africa’s needs, widely expected to be the pandemic’s next hotspot. Geography was but one reason why China …

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Kuwait cracks down on Egyptian workers during corona crisis

Kuwaiti security forces broke up a riot by Egyptian workers seeking repatriation who were being held in shelters dedicated for those in violation of the Gulf Arab state’s residency laws, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday. Security forces intervened after “riots and chaos” broke out and seized several people …

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UAE elected top media leader in Arab world

During its 50th Ordinary Session, chaired by Saudi Arabia, the Arab Information Ministers Council selected the Emirate of Dubai as the 2020 ‘Capital of Arab Media’. The Council’s decision confirms the UAE’s role in supporting Arab and international media and further recognises Dubai’s prominent media stature. Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed …

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New wave of tankers hit, in Oman Gulf

Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, shipping firms and industry sources said on Thursday, sending oil prices as much as 4% higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region. One of the tankers, the Front Altair, …

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A Win-Win for Iran and the Region

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian*   There is copious academic research on why the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is mired in ethnic and sectarian violence. However, the specific question of what workable models can be presented that would not only be effective in ending conflicts but also bring …

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