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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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Iraq, Saudi Arabia Aim to Upgrade Diplomatic Relations: Statement

DUBAI, June 20  – Iraq and Saudi Arabia are setting up a coordination council to upgrade strategic ties, a joint statement said on Tuesday, as part of an attempt to heal troubled relations between the Arab neighbours. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Saudi King Salman a day earlier on the first leg of

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UAE’s Gargash: Qatar Isolation Could Last for Years

By John Irish PARIS, June 19 – A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar’s powerful Arab neighbours could continue to isolate it “for years” if it did not alter its foreign policy and said a list of their grievances would be completed in the next days. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab

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Iran and China Conduct Naval Drill in Gulf

BEIRUT, June 18 – Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In

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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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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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