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PA intelligence chief holds secret meeting in Riyadh

Iran urges global community to solve Rohingya crisis

Kasur rape case: Zainab's murderer arrested

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Indian clandestine support for Korean nukes

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HRW urges UN sanctions on Saudi crown prince over Yemen war

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Pakistan attaches importance to significant role of Iran in regional developments: Speaker

Hidden Israeli-Iranian war in Syria

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Russia weights behind Pakistan:  The end of US hegemony in South Asia?

Damage control: Has Trump conceded his defeat against Pakistan?

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Netanyahu: $500mn Israel-India arms deal 'back on track'

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Israel prepares for air bridge to India over Saudi Arabia

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Pakistan’s ruthless response to US: Why is India worried?

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Hamas blames Israeli regime for assassination attempt on its commander

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Yemeni snipers kill three Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

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Saudi Arabia seeks arrest of citizens on wanted list who are abroad

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Netanyahu in India: A dangerous alliance against Pakistan

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Trump no longer following Saudi-UAE script on Qatar, says former envoy

1396/10/29 | 12:19
  Former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk has taken to Twitter to announce that US President Donald Trump is no longer following the Saudi/UAE script on Qatar.       Indyk explained that this may be because Qatar is now cooperating regarding the fight against terrorism and is willing to discuss the conflict between Doha and the countries that imposed the blockade on it.     Two days ago, in a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Trump ...

Saudi bans Qataris from Umrah pilgrimage

1396/10/16 | 12:19
    According to Qatari newspaper Al-Raya, Saudi Arabia has been taking arbitrary measures against Qatari pilgrims visiting Mecca.   Early June, Saudi-led regimes severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade against it, accusing Doha of funding “extremism”. Qatar has vehemently rejected the allegations as “baseless”.   On June 22, the block, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera TV, limiting ties with Iran, and expelling Turkish troops ...

Disclosure of the Saudi Project named “Scorpion Trap”

1396/10/12 | 12:19
  The Qatari news paper “Al-Sharq” wrote that after repeated defeats of Saudi Arabia and its coalition in Yemen, they are trying to include the United States into a plan called the “Scorpion Trap”.   Three years after the failures of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in pursuit of its goals of restoring (so-called) legitimate government to Yemen as well as the continuing failure of military operations in Yemen, a confidential document was revealed showing that the UAE and the Saudis are eager to transfer the responsibility ...

Israel sole winner of Saudi Arabia’s ME destabilizing game

1396/10/5 | 12:19
Being a region full of complexities, the Middle East has been facing a string of crises. The rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria followed by the Qatar blockade, fueling sectarian tensions, the invasion of Yemen, the flood of US arms to the Middle East and the recent Lebanese crisis are only a few instances in which Saudi Arabia’s involvement is discernible.   Apparently, Saudi Arabia is now facing the consequences of its insanity and the conspiracies it has been fomenting in the Middle East as the crisis has spilled over to its own territory, ...

Saudi military ineffective force despite colossal budget: Report

1396/9/26 | 12:19
Saudi Arabia’s military has proved to be an ineffective force despite the kingdom’s huge imports of state-of-the-art weapons from world powers, a report says. An article published on the Business Insider website on Saturday enumerated Saudi Arabia’s efforts to undermine Iran’s regional influence, including Riyadh’s war on Yemen, imposition of a full-scale embargo against Qatar and intervention in Lebanon’s politics. It, however, said that “Saudi Arabia's ambitions are limited by its military, which is considered an ineffective ...

Saudi hostility with Qatar taking toll on ordinary people: Amnesty

1396/9/24 | 12:19
Ordinary people are bearing the brunt of the ongoing political crisis in the Persian Gulf region, involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on one side and the tiny kingdom of Qatar, Amnesty International says. The Saudi-led bloc cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region. They have also imposed a series of economic sanctions against the country while also barring Qatari aircraft from using their airspace. Qatar’s only land border with Saudi ...

Qatar purchases 24 Typhoon warplanes from UK as tensions with Saudis increase

1396/9/21 | 12:19
Qatar has signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy 24 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes from Britain, its second major defense agreement this week, which comes amid a worsening Persian Gulf political crisis.   The $8bn deal was completed in Doha by Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the two countries for this Typhoon contract in September.   The sale is touted as the largest UK export order for the Eurofighter in a decade, ...

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

1396/8/24 | 12:19
  Saudi Arabia’s newfound hostility toward Lebanon has a number of the nation’s politicians and bankers expressing concern about the possibility that the Saudis and their allies intend to impose a Qatar-style blockade on them soon.   Such a blockade would have limited impact on basic goods, as unlike Qatar Lebanon’s trade with the Gulf states is fairly limited and doesn’t include everyday necessities like food and water. That doesn’t mean such a blockade would be consequence-free, however.   Qatar, after all, is ...

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

1396/8/24 | 12:19
The Bahraini judiciary says it will try prominent Shia cleric and opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman later this month on a charge of “spying” for neighboring Qatar, a baseless allegation to victimise him for political opposition to the non-representative hereditary monarchy.     The Bahraini Public Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that Salman, the secretary-general of the country’s now-dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, would be tried alongside two of his colleagues, Hassan Sultan and Ali ...

Leak: UAE planned financial war against Qatar

1396/8/21 | 12:19
  The United Arab Emirates planned to wage a financial war against fellow GCC member state Qatar by targeting the country’s currency “using bonds and derivatives manipulation”, the Intercept reported yesterday.   The site said the warfare plan was obtained from the task folder in the email account of the UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba.   According to the Intercept, the plan was devised by Luxembourg’s private Banque Havilland which is owned by the family of controversial British financier David ...

Leaked emails: UAE wants Qatar to be ‘accountable’ for supporting BDS

1396/8/11 | 12:19
  Qatar’s support for the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was a major cause of concern amongst senior UAE diplomats in Washington during the months leading up to the imposition of the Saudi-led siege on Doha. The UAE plays a leading role in the siege on its Gulf neighbour.   The UAE’s ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, vented his frustration about the Qataris to a former American diplomat, Dennis Ross, in a series of leaked emails, which have been obtained by MEMO. Ross is known to some ...

US loses in the Mideast even as it wins against Daesh

1396/8/8 | 12:19
  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Middle East last weekend with two simple aims – to wrap Iraq into America’s regional axis against Iran, and persuade Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Qatar. He failed to accomplish either.   The dust was barely settling on the capture of Daesh’s de facto capital Raqqa, a major success for Washington and the coalition it assembled across the region and beyond. While most of the actual fighting has been done by local forces, without US support the Islamist group would still ...

Egypt likely to be removed from the 2018 World Cup

1396/8/6 | 12:19
  The head of the World Federation of Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, stated that he could reconsider the presence of the Egyptian national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia due to the statement by the foreign minister of this country.   Infantino said the speech of the Egyptian Foreign Minister was a clear disrespect to FIFA and its members, and a clear intervention by a political officer in football. The head of the international football federation said that the FIFA should hold a meeting and examine the interventions ...

Qatar is like North Korea, says former US strategist

1396/8/5 | 12:19
  Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said on Monday that events surrounding Qatar and North Korea are of equal importance, Washington Examiner reported. “I think the single most important thing that’s happening in the world is the situation in Qatar,” Bannon said at the Hudson Institute. “What’s happening in Qatar is every bit as important as what’s happening in North Korea,” Bannon continued. Bannon overtly supported the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia’s position for levying a siege on Qatar. The UAE and ...

Kuwaiti Emir warns of escalation of Arab states crisis

1396/8/3 | 12:19
  Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah has warned that the ongoing dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states is likely to escalate. Addressing the Kuwaiti parliament on Tuesday, the Emir noted that Kuwait's goal as the leading mediator in the crisis was to save the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) union from “cracking and collapsing.” "Everyone should know that Kuwait's mediation is based on a keen awareness that this crisis risks escalation," the Kuwaiti king pointed out. "An escalation would be an explicit ...

Saudia’s plan to change the regime in Qatar

1396/7/29 | 12:19
  The Qatari foreign minister says Riyadh has been pursuing “regime change” in Doha, stressing that a siege laid by Saudi Arabia and its allies on the Persian Gulf nation is meant to “bully” the nation. In an interview with the American CNBC network on Monday, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani accused Saudi officials of “inciting the people to go and protest their government” in Qatar.   “We see (Saudi) government officials talking about regime change,” he said, adding, “We see a country that is bringing back the ...

Saudi-led regimes bribed, threatened African States to isolate Qatar

1396/7/29 | 12:19
  A Saudi-led regimes boycotting Qatar have 'bribed and blackmailed' several African countries to join its attempt to isolate the country, Qatar's foreign minister has said.     In an interview with French-language news magazine Jeune Afrique , Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani revealed that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have been compelling vulnerable African countries to cut ties with Doha.   On June 5, the four Arab regimes severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade against ...

‘UAE plans to invade Qatar using mercenaries’

1396/7/21 | 12:19
    Qatar’s ex-Deputy Prime Minister has revealed details of a plan funded by the UAE to invade his country using mercenaries from the American security service company formerly known as Blackwater. Abdullah Bin Hamas Al-Attiyah noted that the plan still hasn’t received the green light from Washington.   Al-Attiyah told Spain’s ABC newspaper that thousands of mercenaries from Blackwater — now called Academi — are undergoing training in the UAE. “Plans for the invasion led by the Emirati authorities were underway ...

Western and Turkish backing for Doha

1396/7/5 | 12:19
The backing by Turkey, a NATO member state and rival to Saudi Arabia in the Muslim world, helps Qatar withstand the sanctions of four allied Arab states.   The support, moreover, gives assurances to the Qatari leaders, telling them that they will have beside them such serious patrons as the Turks who will not allow Qatar to fall victim to the Saudi excesses. Furthermore, the US has given a mix of paradoxical responses to the Qatari crisis, making clear to the Saudi leaders that they cannot cross certain red lines and damage Qatar as Washington ...

Oman expels Indian preacher for criticising siege on Qatar

1396/7/4 | 12:19
  Omani authorities have asked the Indian Muslim preacher Suleiman Ben Taher Al-Husseini to leave the country after he criticised the Saudi-led siege on Qatar, Rassd.net reported yesterday.     The Omani foreign ministry said that Sheikh Suleiman’s religious lecture at the College of the Sharia Sciences on Tuesday did not “conform to the principles of the country, its system and its policies”.   Sheikh Suleiman criticised Saudi Arabia for its alliance with the United States and its President Donald Trump, as ...

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

1396/6/26 | 12:19
  The developments of the crisis with Qatar have revealed the depth of the abyss the entire Arab world is descending into.   New aspects and dimensions are being added to it daily. Since this crisis, which surprised the GCC, the only fort left of the crumbling Arab system, has gone on for more than three months; it seems that it is heading for more complications and escalations rather than towards resolution. This raises fears of the Arab world growing gradually closer to the moment it hits the bottom of the abyss.   Perhaps the strangest ...

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

1396/6/26 | 12:19
  Saudi Arabia was preparing for a military attack on its neighbour Qatar, leaked emails dated May 2017 appear to show.   The emails between UAE Ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and US diplomat Elliott Abrams in May 2017 claim that Saudi came close to “conquering” Qatar and this would “solve everyone’s problems”, according to the Emirati official.   Al-Otaiba added that deceased Saudi monarch King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz “came pretty close to doing something in Qatar” a few months before his death in January 2015.   Abrams ...

Saudis Arrest Key Dissidents Amid Rumors of King’s Abdication

1396/6/22 | 12:19
Saudi Arabian security forces have begun a campaign of arresting high-profile opposition figures, including high-profile clerics Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, and Awad al-Qarni. The clerics were believed to have been arrested primarily for publicly advocating Saudi rapprochement with Qatar.     Both clerics are also seen as opponents of the Saudi royal family. Such detentions are expected to continue throughout the week, as a major rally against the royal family is reportedly planned for Friday, and which is expected to be an unusually large ...

Qatar needs Jews on its side

1396/6/20 | 12:19
  O’Dwyer, PR magazine reported that Qatar has retained the services of an American Jew public relations firm Stonington Strategy, to lobby for Qatari interests as result of the siege of the oil-rich Sheikhdom by Saudi Arabi and its regional clients.     Qatar government has agreed to pay US$50,000 per month to Canadian-born Jew millionaire Nicholas David Muzin, a Republican political strategist, founded the Stonington Strategy. The firm provided PR services to a number of pro-Israel Republican and Democrat politician ...

Saudi 'suspends' planned talks with Qatar minutes after rulers’ contact

1396/6/19 | 12:19
  Saudi Arabia has suspended plans to hold talks with Qatar on how to resolve the ongoing crisis between Doha and four Arab states minutes after the Saudi crown prince and the Qatari ruler discussed the planned negotiations during a phone call. On Friday, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, expressing his willingness to hold dialogue over the demands of the four Arab states from Doha. During the phone conversation, both leaders stressed the need to resolve the crisis through dialogue. "During ...

Iran land route drastically cuts transportation time, cost to Qatar

1396/6/17 | 12:19
  A land route from Turkey to Qatar via Iran is now operational, with 200 trucks of food having already arrived in the Persian Gulf peninsula.   The trucks carrying milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and other food products made the journey from the Turkish city of Mardin to the Iranian port of Bushehr in the Persian Gulf from where they were carried by Ro-Ro ships to the Qatari port of Ruwais.     Qatar is under a blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt which cut trade and transport links with Doha in June ...

UAE financially supports hacking Qatari news agency plot

1396/6/12 | 12:19
Turkish ambassador to Tunisia Omer Faruk Dogan stressed that Turkey will hand over the five people detained for hacking a Qatari news agency to the Qatari brotherly government.   He added these detainees have confessed that each of them received $ 50,000 from UAE Ambassador to Ankara to hack the Qatar News Agency (QANA) in order to publish the false news quoting from the Qatari emir. Turkish ambassador to Tunisia also stated: “they said that they were unaware of UAE and Saudi Arabia’s plot for putting Qatar under pressure, harming ...

Is Pakistan seeking Qatar as potential alternate to Saudia?

1396/6/9 | 12:19
Qatar has introduced a visa-on-arrival facility for Pakistani passport holders, according to the Qatar Airways website's visa information page.       Qatar Airways is state-owned and the national flag carrier of the country. It is unclear when the rules for Pakistani passport holders were revised by Qatari authorities.     According to Qatar Airways, Pakistani nationals can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days under the new rules. They can also apply to extend their stay by another 30 days.     The ...

Qatar says its ambassador to return to Iran

1396/6/3 | 12:19
Qatar said on Wednesday it decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missions in Iran by demonstrators angry at Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.     The Qatari decision comes amidst a row between Doha and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which together with Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, a charge it denies.     “Qatar announced that ...

Qatar 'Looking for a Defense Cooperation' With Russia Amid Gulf Row

1396/6/2 | 12:19
  Qatar is interested in cooperation with Russia in the defense sector, especially in modern Russian technologies, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said Wednesday. The minister stressed Doha would like to purchase Russian technologies for production of air defense systems. Qatar has repeatedly turned to Russia amid its standoff with the Arab countries countries since. In June Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting ...

Saudi Arabia claims Qatar blocking flights to Mecca

1396/5/30 | 12:19
Saudi Arabia has claimed that Qatar is stopping its planes from landing in Doha to take pilgrims to Mecca. Last week, Riyadh announced that it would open its borders with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims' access to Mecca to observe their Hajj rituals. At the time Qatar hailed the move, but stressed that it was politically motivated and voiced concerns about the safety of its citizens in Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The announcement was made some time after the kingdom along with several of its allies cut all ties with Doha ...

Changing face of Syrian war: Saudi-Qatar row proves a big blow for terrorists

1396/5/28 | 12:19
Russia deployed its military police in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus last month to try to enforce a de-escalation zone it said it had agreed with the Syrian opposition.   The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday in the rebel-controlled region near the capital.   The agreement basically ends the fighting in the war-torn countryside of the Syrian capital, lifts a four-year siege and pardons the rebels, but it also keeps the entire territory firmly in the hands of Damascus. All rebel hopes of ...

Qatar worried about pilgrims’ safety in Saudi Arabia: FM

1396/5/28 | 12:19
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani says his country is concerned about the safety of its citizens in Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj pilgrimage after Riyadh’s move to reopen its border with Doha. Speaking at a news conference during his visit to Norway, Thani said Saudi authorities have not yet responded to queries from Qatar’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding the security of Qatari citizens during the Hajj rituals. “The level of tension between the two nations, the language and the tone of the Saudi ...

Saudi-led siege can’t bring Qatar to its knees: Senior official

1396/5/25 | 12:19
  An adviser to Qatar’s foreign minister says the Saudi-led quartet of boycotters has failed to bring his country to its knees, adding that Riyadh’s anti-Doha “smear campaign’ is only reminiscent of the kingdom’s own ideological support for the Daesh Takfiri terror group. Mutlaq Majed al-Qahtani, the Qatari foreign minister’s special envoy for counterterrorism and mediation, made the comments in an opinion piece titled “Qatar Will Not Be Intimidated,” which was recently published in The Wall Street Journal. Saudi Arabia, ...

Saudi Arabia’s forgotten war strikes back

1396/5/20 | 12:19
The full implications of Saudi Arabia’s three-months old siege of the Qatif town of Awamiyah are only just beginning to emerge. Pictures depicting wholesale destruction and civil war-like conditions in the Shia-majority town speak to the intensity of the fighting. But more importantly, they provide a hint as to the nature of the threat facing the Saudi authorities. The Shia-majority Qatif governorate and the broader Eastern province within which it is situated has long been regarded as potentially hostile to the ruling Al-Sauds. The ...

How Turkey looks at Qatar-Arab crisis from strategic viewpoint?

1396/5/18 | 12:19
  Qatar is Turkey's key ally in the Persian Gulf region as the two countries enjoy close political, military, and economic relationship.     When the Saudi-led Arab regimes in early June abruptly severed diplomatic ties and fueled a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, Doha and Ankara became even more engaged in close relations, making Turkey take huge economic profits from the Arab gaps.     Turkey’s Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tufenkci has recently reported that since June 5 that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, ...

New strategy of the American aggression on Yemen

1396/5/13 | 12:19
Today, after the failure of the unjust siege and the punitive American economic measures imposed on Yemen in clear violation of international law, the American initiatives to save the legitimacy of the aggression from falling and defeat in the result of failure on the military fronts, and the result of the chaos and cracks between the militias of aggression.     The movements of Ould Cheikh comes with a clear American payment admitted by the American ambassador Toller also aims to save the Saudi-UAE alliance, which lost many of his ...

Leaks: ‘UAE wanted to host the Taliban’s embassy instead of Qatar’

1396/5/11 | 12:19
  The UAE was vying to open an office for the Taliban in its territories, however the group which governed Afghanistan setup a base in Qatar instead, leaked emails from Emirati Ambassador to the US Yousef Al-Otaibi show.     The revelation, published in the New York Times today, comes at a time when the UAE has accused Qatar of supporting “Islamists” and led a boycott of the small Gulf state. According to the leaks, Al-Otaiba got an “angry phone call” from the UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed, in which he ...

Hajj management: Why it is mandatory to end Saudi control over Hajj?

1396/5/11 | 12:19
  It has been nearly two months since the Saudia and its allies snapped diplomatic ties with Doha for its alleged support of “terrorism and extremism”.   There seems to be no let-up in the war of words as on Sunday, the Saudi foreign minister was quoted as saying that Qatar’s criticism of Riyadh’s Haj policies was tantamount to “a declaration of war”.   The Saudis accuse Qatar of calling for internationalising the annual pilgrimage; Doha denies this, saying its criticism was directed at Riyadh’s ‘politicisation’ ...

Hajj politics: An old tactics of Saudi monarchy

1396/5/10 | 12:19
The Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual Haj pilgrimage to Makkah of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety.   Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Shia Iran, in the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years. On July 20, Riyadh said that Qataris wanting to perform this year's Haj would be allowed to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, but imposed certain restrictions.     The Saudi Haj ministry ...

Saudi princess slams UAE for alleging Kingdom seeks secularism

1396/5/10 | 12:19
Saudi Arabia Princess, Fahda Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz, the daughter of former Saudi monarch Al-Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has launched a fierce attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, who recently said that his country seeks “secular governments” in the Middle East in line with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and Jordan. Responding to Al-Otaiba’s remarks, Princess Fahda warned in several tweets published on 30 July, that there is “an obvious conspiracy against Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world,” ...

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue, with conditions

1396/5/9 | 12:19
  Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, Bahrain’s foreign minister said on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts.   “The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries’ foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands,” Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said.     He was speaking ...

Activists warn of UAE conspiracy against Saudi Arabia

1396/5/7 | 12:19
Activists in Saudi Arabia have taken to Twitter to warn that the United Arab Emirates is “conspiring” against the Kingdom. They have launched a campaign following messages posted by Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the youngest son of the late King, in which he described Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed as “the devil”.     According to one twitter user, the prince’s statement represents the feelings of “more than 90 per cent” of the Saudi people. Another said that Saudi citizens’ positive reaction to the prince’s ...

End of Al Jazeera, a dark day for the Middle East

1396/5/5 | 12:19
On 5 June this year, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.   Among other things, they justified the act based on the state’s alleged support of “terrorist” groups and it’s so called diplomatic sympathies with Iran, all of which Doha denies. Soon after, it emerged that the lifting of sanctions might come at the cost of no fewer than 13 demands, later reduced to six principles. Among the obligations was the closure of all news outlets which are directly and indirectly Qatari ...

Saudi paid $138,000 for anti-Qatar adverts in US

1396/5/4 | 12:19
A Saudi lobbying agency is paying $138,000 for 30-second TV spots for ads in the US accusing Qatar of funding terrorism. Contracts reviewed by Al Jazeera show that the Saudi monarchs are using a public relations company, Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), to fund advert campaigns against their GCC neighbour. One of the reasons cited by Riyadh in leading the bloc of countries imposing a blockade on Qatar since 5 June is Doha’s alleged support for terrorism. However, they have found it extremely difficult to win ...

Turkish diplomacy ends in Persian Gulf without results

1396/5/4 | 12:19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wrapped up a tour of Arab countries involved in a dispute but has failed to help bring the feuding sides closer to one another. Erdogan arrived in Qatar on Monday on the last leg of a tour that had also taken him to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In Qatar, he met with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha. Qatari state news agency QNA said the two sides discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, reviewed defense and economic cooperation, and praised Kuwait’s mediation role in the crisis. During ...

Succumbed to Saudi demands: Qatari Emir Calls for Negotiations to Ease Blockade

1396/5/2 | 12:19
With the four blockading states having pared down their previous list of 13 demands to six general principles, Qatar’s Emir is also expressing an openness to engaging in negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing diplomatic crisis and return the situation to normal.   The previous 13 demands were clearly far more than Qatar was willing to give up, and the Emir reiterated today that any deal would have to respect Qatari sovereignty, but he apparently does see an opportunity at compromise, something that seemed unlikely before. The ...

Ties with Qatar: Saudi Arabia demands dismissal of more than 50,000 Sudanese workers

1396/5/1 | 12:19
  The Saudi decision is taken on the pretext that Sudan has not broken its ties with Qatar.   Karar al-Tohami, Secretary General of Sudanese Working Abroad, in an interview with “Al-Nahar Egypt” newspaper in reaction to Saudi authorities’ decision to expel 50,000 Sudanese men and women who are working in Saudi capitalists’ homes as manservants and maidservants, said: “The Saudi decision is taken on the pretext that Sudan has not broken its ties with Qatar; it is outside the agreements and pledges between the two countries, ...

Saudia’s next battle ground: Turning Qatar into another Yemen

1396/4/31 | 12:19
  The fierce regional and international race to control Yemen and extend its influence in its vast territory, which is also diverse in its climates and terraces, with many political and intellectual trends, is not new but extends deep in Yemen’s history.     However, there is a new change in the Yemeni scene which is the project against the American project and the guardianship. The emergence of this variable and the fear of its effects outside the Yemeni borders is one of the main reasons for the war and the siege imposed ...

Shutting Iranian cultural mission: Did Saudia threatened Kuwait by Qatar like consequences?

1396/4/30 | 12:19
Kuwait says it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country.     The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement Thursday. It says the move is related to the case of a terrorist cell broken up in 2015 that authorities allege had contacts with Iran and the militant group Hezbollah.     The KUNA report says the Iranian ambassador to Kuwait has been notified. Embassy staff did not immediately ...