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Kerry Tackles Yemen, Syrian Conflicts in Saudi Arabia Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 25 – Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the country’s powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides. Kerry arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday from

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Saudi Arabia Expands its Anti-Iran Strategy Beyond the Middle East

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, June 5 – Under King Salman, Saudi Arabia is expanding its confrontation with Iran well beyond the Middle East, no longer relying heavily on Western allies to smother Tehran’s ambitions outside the Arab world. Since Salman came to power early last year, and Tehran struck a nuclear deal with world powers,

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Kerry Meets Saudi King to Discuss Syria Before Vienna Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, May 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the fragile truce in Syria, before broader talks with Russia, Iran and other countries in Vienna on Tuesday. Kerry has said he hopes to strengthen a “cessation of hostilities” agreement between

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Managing Saudi’s New Energy Mega-Ministry May Bring Challenges

By Angus McDowall , Rania El Gamal and Reem Shamseddine RIYADH, May 9 – Managing Saudi Arabia’s new energy mega-ministry, set to oversee over half the economy and designed to cut through a tangled bureaucracy to make government more coherent and efficient, will be a formidable challenge. The new Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Ministry, under

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Saudi Shake-Up Rolls On With Big Reshuffle of Economic Posts

By Angus McDowall and Katie Paul RIYADH, May 7  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday replaced his veteran oil minister and restructured some big ministries in a major reshuffle apparently intended to support a wide-ranging economic reform programme unveiled last week. The most eye-catching move was the creation of a new Energy, Industry and Natural Resources

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Obama Starts Talks with Gulf Leaders Aimed at Easing Strains

By Roberta Rampton RIYADH, April 21  – U.S. President Barack Obama and Gulf Arab leaders started talks in Riyadh on Thursday at a summit aimed at forging joint action on perceived security threats from Iran and Daesh, and at ironing out strains in their old alliance. Obama, who arrived on Wednesday, hopes to allay Gulf

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From Reassurance to Shared Interests: Bridging the Gulf at the Riyadh Summit

President Obama’s visit to the Gulf region  should serve as a reminder of the important partnership between the two players By Muath Al Wari and Elisa Catalano Ewers President Barack Obama’s meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Saudi Arabia this week is a previously scheduled follow-up to last year’s Camp

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Regional Crises, Not Human Rights, to Dominate Obama-Gulf Talks

RIYADH, April 21 – U.S. President Barack Obama aired his human rights concerns with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday, but his talking points on that subject are expected to be get less attention when he meets Gulf Arab monarchs on Thursday. Activists have urged the American leader to push Saudi Arabia over its human rights record,

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U.S. Defense Chief Lays Ground For Obama Meeting with Gulf Allies

By Yeganeh Torbati RIYADH, April 20 – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Gulf Arab counterparts met in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss ways to counter Iranian influence and fight the Daesh group, hours before President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia. Obama will meet Saudi King Salman before a summit with all the

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