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Three Middle East Events of 2018

Three Middle East Events of 2018

While they could be unconnected, the three exceptional news of 2018 collectively express the wind of changes. Khashoggi | Saudi Arabia First, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the Kingdom’s state TV reports, quoting an initial inquiry. Deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, […]

Iran rejects Saudi allegations on Yemen

Iran rejects Saudi allegations on Yemen

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations categorically rejects the allegations, as contained in Saudi Arabia’s letter to the President of the Security Council, dated 14 September 2016, regarding arms transfers to Yemen and violations of Security Council Resolution 2216, IRNA reports. This letter includes unsubstantiated claims that have […]

Iran is ready to freeze oil production regime

Iran is ready to freeze oil production regime

Iran has declared its readiness to freeze the oil production. Mohsen Qamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said that Iran reached the desirable oil output to proceed with freezing its production, Press TV reports. He told that Iran’s current production of oil stands at around 4.2 million barrels […]

Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia sign cooperation pacts

Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia sign cooperation pacts

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and the leader of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held official talks in Riyadh on May 1. King Salman underlined the importance of bilateral relations and said that two countries are ready to improve relations on trade, investment, energy, agriculture, tourism, combating terrorism and extremism. Saudi Gazette reports that the monarch praised […]

Saudi FM Visited Kazakhstan

Saudi FM Visited Kazakhstan

Adel al-Jubeir, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia paid his first official visit to Kazakhstan on April 27. Al Jubeir met with his counterpart Erlan Idrissov and president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Two sides discussed bilateral relations, economic cooperation, investment and petrochemical development. Erlan Idrissov said, “This is the first official visit of the Foreign Minister […]

The effects of the Red Sea deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

The effects of the Red Sea deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament is expected to review the deal aimed to draw the maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Egypt’s decision to hand over the two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia caused a lot of controversy among Egyptians. The deal left the MPs divided, as some of them agree that the […]

Saudi-Egyptian deal sparks controversy

Saudi-Egyptian deal sparks controversy

King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia arrived in Egypt on a five-day visit, his first to Egypt since ascending to the throne in January 2015. International cooperation minister Sahar Nasr said that Cairo and Riyadh signed final agreements during the king’s visit worth over $24 billion, including $22 billion to finance Cairo’s energy needs […]

Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Iran plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss new hajj arrangments, in the first official visit by either side after the ties between the two countries were severed in January 2016. The head of Iran’s hajj organisation, Saeed Ohadi, said Saudi authorities had invited Tehran to […]

Russia and China Increase Military Spending

Russia and China Increase Military Spending

Stockholm International Peace Research Institution (SIPRI) published a report about increased military expenditure in 2015. The world’s total military expenditure was $1.7 trillion in 2015. It increased 1 percent from the previous year. The five biggest spenders are the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the UK. According to the report, the US remains the […]

Saudi film festival paving the way to cinema in Saudi Arabia

Saudi film festival paving the way to cinema in Saudi Arabia

The third Saudi film festival is set to open Thursday 24th March, featuring 70 productions in competitions, amid hopes the conservative kingdom may finally allow public cinemas. The festival which is sponsored by kingdom’s Society for Culture and Arts is modest compared to other film festivals in the regions as Saudi Arabia bans cinemas and other […]

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