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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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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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Qatar Launches New Shipping Routes to Oman Amid Food Shortage Fears

DOHA, June 12 – Qatar has launched two new shipping services to Omani ports after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week, raising concerns over food supplies to import-dependent Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries cut diplomatic as well as travel and trade ties with Qatar last week,

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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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Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

LONDON, June 11 – Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food

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