Politics

Qatar Says Fighter Jets Deal Shows Deep U.S. Support

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 15 – A $12 billion deal to buy Boeing F-15 U.S. fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, adding that its rift with some other Arab states had not hurt the U.S. relationship with Doha. Qatar is facing a severe economic and

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For Saudi Aramco’s IPO, ‘Slowly’ Will Do the Job

By Tim Falconer Here’s the thing about an initial public offering, (IPO), you generally only get one chance to get it right. And when there is so much riding on a single share sale, as is the case with Saudi Aramco, getting it right the first time isn’t just an objective, it’s a nailed on

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Qatar Signs $12 bln Deal to Buy F-15 Jets from U.S.

June 14 – Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar

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Doha’s Actions May Destabilize the Region: Saudi Minister

BY Leila Hatoum At a time when the world is suffering “horrendous” terrorist attacks, Qatar continues to harbor wanted terrorists, providing them with “financial” and logistical aid, a thing which “has to stop immediately,” said Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Culture and Information Dr Awwad Alawwad. In an emailed statement to Newsweek Middle East, Dr Alawwad

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Gulf Crisis Seen Widening Split in Syria Rebellion

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, June 14 – Confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is creating unease among Syrian rebels who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar Al Assad. Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi

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Saudi Arabia Says Qatar Airspace Closure to Protect Citizens from Threats

DUBAI, June 13 – Saudi Arabia’s aviation body said on Tuesday that closing its airspace to flights from Qatar was within its sovereign rights to protect its citizens from any threat. The Saudi comments were in reaction to remarks by Qatar Airway’s chief executive that the kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were violating

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UAE Exempts Qataris Married to Emiratis from Expulsion Order

DUBAI, June 12 – The United Arab Emirates will not deport Qataris who are married to Emirati nationals, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported on Monday, a week after severing ties with Doha and giving Qataris 14 days to leave. In the worst Gulf Arab crisis for years, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and

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Two U.S. Attorneys General to Sue Over Foreign Payments to Trump Hotels

By Dan Levine June 12 – The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit on Monday alleging that foreign payments to President Donald Trump’s businesses violate the U.S. constitution, according to a source familiar with the situation. Trump already faces a similar lawsuit that was brought in January

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Kuwait Says Qatar “Ready to Understand” Gulf Concerns

KUWAIT, June 11 – Kuwait’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Qatar was ready to listen to the concerns of other countries in the Gulf, state news agency KUNA reported, and that his country would continue its efforts to patch a rift within the Gulf. “(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to

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Qatar is in Denial, Needs to Make a U-Turn: UAE Minister

By Leila Hatoum June 9 – DUBAI (Newsweek Middle East) – Qatar may soon find itself vulnerable in the face of regional and global threats, stripped from the protection of its Arab Gulf counterparts, if it decides to continue with its current policies, especially that the United States is also fed up with those policies,

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