Politics

Arab States to Deliver Verdict on Qatar as Compromise Elusive

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, July 5 – Four Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region’s ruling dynasties, key partners in energy and defence. Regional newspapers with links to their governments suggested the foreign

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Safe Bases: UAE’s Military Expansion in Africa

For the Arabic version of the story, click here By Awad Mustafa Two overseas Arab military garrisons are being established to secure a hold over one of the world’s most crucial chokepoints, right across the waters from Arabia. The military expansion is a clear reflection of a need felt across the Gulf Arab capitals to

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UAE Says Still Awaiting Qatar Response to Arab Demands

ABU DHABI, July 4 – United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Tuesday that Arab countries boycotting Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism were still awaiting a response to their demands via mediator Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are pressing Qatar to shut its Al Jazeera

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Saudi Arabia and Allies Give Qatar Two More Days to Accept Demands

DUBAI, July 3 – Saudi Arabia and three allies accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism have agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday’s deadline for Doha to comply, according to a joint statement on Saudi state news agency SPA. Without stating whether Qatar had rejected the ultimatum as was widely expected,

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Qatar Says Arab States’ Demands “Made to be Rejected”

By Philip Pullella ROME, July 1 – Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha’s foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country’s sovereignty. However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 2 – Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept a series of demands is expected to expire on Sunday night with no signs of the crisis ending. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed

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Saudi Official Denies Former Crown Prince Confined to Palace

DUBAI, June 29 – A Saudi official on Thursday denied a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from travelling abroad after he was replaced by the king’s son as next in line to the throne. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran interior minister who was

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Saudi, Qatar Ministers Spar Over Arab Nations’ Demands

WASHINGTON, June 28 – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Doha retorted that the allegations against it and demands were baseless and unacceptable. Qatar has previously also said the demands were aimed

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