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Regional and International Relations
Key U.S. allies ease years-long feud as Saudi Arabia lifts blockade of Qatar – Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen land, air and sea links with Qatar, de-escalating a feud that has sharply divided the Middle East for more than three years. The borders and the airspace between Saudi Arabia and Qatar would reopen on 4 Jan. The announcement came a day before Saudi Arabia was set to host an annual summit of Persian Gulf states.
Bahrain says it will open airspace to Qatar from Monday – Bahrain will open its airspace to Qatar as of 11 Jan, following a US-backed deal by Arab states last week to end a dispute with Doha.
Breakthrough reached in Gulf dispute with Qatar – A breakthrough has been reached in Qatar’s three-year-old dispute, with an agreement aimed at ending their rift is to be signed in Saudi Arabia on 5 Jan. The development is the latest in a series of Middle East deals sought by Washington to build a united front against Iran. As part of the deal, Saudi Arabia will reopen its airspace and land and sea border to Qatar as of 4 Jan.
Saudi Arabia Deletes Hate Song on Qatar as Gulf Powers Reconcile – Saudi Arabia deleted a hate song against Qatar from YouTube, as the countries prepare to sign a breakthrough agreement aimed at easing a three-year regional rift. The song, “Teach Qatar,” is meant to instruct gas-rich Qatar about the purported error of its ways and the reasons four Arab states chose to boycott it.
Saudi Arabia And Qatar Lower Tensions In U.S.-Backed Agreement – The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar signed a new agreement at the Al Ula summit on 5 Jan, signalling a possible end to longstanding tensions between the two countries since the summer of 2017. The move may also mark a shift for Joe Biden's foreign policy agenda as both countries are US allies in the Gulf region and with the US having a large military base located in Qatar.
From embargo to embrace, Saudi Arabia pushes Gulf detente – Embracing Qatar’s ruler, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince pushed a deal to end a row with Doha at a Gulf summit, to try to strengthen an Arab alliance against Iran, although a final declaration contained only a general pledge of solidarity.
Egypt sends envoy to Gulf summit amid apparent thaw with Qatar – Egypt sent its foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, to the Gulf Summit on 5 Jan that produced a pledge towards ending a regional dispute with Qatar, while Qatar’s finance minister made a rare trip to Cairo.
Egypt follows Gulf allies in reopening airspace to Qatar – Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatari flights on 12 Jan and will allow air traffic to resume between the two countries as part of a thaw in relations.
Qatar says deal to end Gulf crisis will not change its ties with Iran – Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said the country will not alter its relations with Iran and Turkey, signally the few concessions they have made to secure a deal with Saudi Arabia and its allies to end a dispute between the rival Gulf states. Doha had agreed to co-operate on counter-terrorism and “transnational security”, but maintained the stance that “bilateral relationships are mainly driven by a sovereign decision of the country . . . [and] the national interest.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia to resume direct flights – Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines will resume flights between Doha and Riyadh from 11 Jan in a reopening of airspace as part of a political rapprochement in a three-year-old dispute.
First Qatari vehicles cross border into Saudi after Gulf detente – Qatari vehicles crossed into Saudi Arabia through a land border on 9 Jan for the first time mid-2017, following a deal to restore relations.
Gulf States to Resume Trade, Air Links With Qatar in Days – Gulf states expect to open their airspace to Qatar and resume trade with the natural-gas powerhouse within a week of the 5 Jan signing of an accord ending their rift. Details of the pact weren’t made public but Gargash said it included clauses on respecting each other’s sovereignty and addressing extremism and terrorism.
Qatar Airways flight lands in Saudi Arabia for 1st time in years – A Qatar Airways passenger jetliner flying from Doha to Riyadh on 11 Jan, made it the first direct flight between the two Gulf states in over three years.
No diplomatic ties to Qatar yet, but trade, travel resuming, says UAE – According to UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, restoring diplomatic ties requires more time as parties work to rebuild trust, given geopolitical issues such as Iran, Turkey and political Islamist groups regarded by traditional Arab autocrats as an existential threat.
Israel and four Arab states discuss energy sector – Israel’s energy minister, Yuval Steinitz, held a video conference call with his counterparts in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Sudan and Bahrain for the first time on 14 Jan. They discussed the recently normalised ties and what impact there could be on sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy and research and development.
UK spent £2.4m to help Saudi Arabia comply with international law – Since 2016, Britain has spent £2.4m to help Saudi Arabia’s military comply with international humanitarian law – during which time Saudi has been accused of indiscriminately bombing and killing Yemeni civilians. The figures – obtained via parliamentary questions – are the first time the UK has detailed the amount spent via secretive funds to the kingdom.
Australian professor and his son freed after being allegedly tortured in Qatar – After five months of detention in Qatari jail, an Australian public health professor, Prof Lukman Thalib, and his son, Ismail Talib, have been freed after allegedly being tortured and held in secret. No charge or explanation for their detention was offered, though the arrests came three months before the United States named another of Prof Thalib’s sons, Ahmed Luqman Talib, as an alleged “financial facilitator” of al-Qaida.
Bahrain says Qatar freed bodybuilding champ detained while fishing – Qatar has released a bodybuilding champion, Sami Al Haddad, and two other Bahrainis who had been detained during fishing trips.
MOU to establish an American trade zone in Bahrain – On 12 Jan, Bahraini minister of industry, commerce and tourism and the US secretary of commerce signed an MOU to establish an American trade zone in Bahrain to boost US-Bahraini trade. The trade zone will be promoted as a regional center for trade, manufacturing, logistics and distribution between American companies in Bahrain and the rest of the GCC countries.
Oman raising up to $2 bln loan with mostly regional banks – Oman is looking to raise up to $2 billion with a loan arranged mostly by local and regional lenders, as international banks tread carefully due to the deterioration of its credit profile, sources said. The banks leading the deal are HSBC, Mashreqbank, Gulf International Bank, Bank Muscat and Bank Dhofar.
Qatar National Bank Passes Asset Milestone of 1 Trillion Riyals – Qatar National Bank said its assets have passed the 1 trillion-riyal ($273.5 billion) mark and it set aside more money in provisions as a “precautionary measure.” The Middle East’s biggest bank booked 5.8 billion riyals in loan-loss provisions. Total assets ended 2020 at 1.025 trillion riyals, an increase of about 9% from the previous year. Profitability for lenders in the Gulf remains under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic as disruptions to trade and travel continue.
Gulf economy gets a boost from healing of Saudi-Qatar rift – A resolution to Qatar’s three-year-old dispute with Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries will benefit Qatar and its global airline, and advantages could ripple through the whole region as it recovers from lower oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.
Saudis pledge to cut oil output despite Russian increases – Saudi Arabia has voluntarily pledged to slash an extra 1 million barrels a day of oil output in February and March even as Russia moves to increase production, with the kingdom moving to keep the Opec+ group’s fragile alliance intact in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudis Curb Oil Supply to Some Buyers Post Pledged OPEC+ Cut – Saudi Arabia’s Aramco reduced crude oil supplies to at least 11 refiners in Asia and most buyers in Europe after the kingdom volunteered to cut its production by 1 million barrels a day for February and March.
Saudi Arabia tries to lure multinationals from Dubai – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is spearheading a campaign to convince multinationals from Google to Siemens to relocate their regional headquarters from Dubai to Riyadh. Under the initiative, dubbed “Programme HQ”, authorities are offering incentives to blue-chip companies in sectors such as IT, finance and oil services to move to Riyadh. The aim of the initiative is to bolster foreign investment and support the crown prince’s ambitious vision to establish the kingdom as a regional business hub.
Saudi Arabia steps up domestic investment as low oil prices and coronavirus bite – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has committed to spending at least $40bn annually in the domestic economy over the next five years as it prepares to break ground on its latest mega-project of a futuristic, carbon free city in NEOM.
Dubai partner 'very happy' with Trump Org despite Capitol chaos – Donald Trump’s business partner, Dubai developer DAMAC Properties, said he was interested in expanding their commercial relationship despite the storming of the US Capitol last week. DAMAC owns the Middle East’s only Trump-branded golf course located in Dubai, operated by the Trump Organisation. Chairman Hussain Sajwani maintains that they stay away from politics and have no view on any political issues, emphasising the organisation was purposefully intended to be commercial. (Reuters)
UAE's tourism sector gets a shot in the arm as Israelis flock to Dubai – Despite COVID-19, up to 50,000 Israelis have been flying to Dubai since last November. The UAE is adapting to the new clientele as mutual business interests start to take off. The growing number of new tourists and business-oriented visitors from Israel has an impact on Dubai as well, who are also adjusting to a long-term Jewish demographic.
Major security partners: US hails Bahrain, UAE after Israel deal – The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners” on 16 Jan. It was unclear what the designation means for Bahrain, being home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, while the UAE’s Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the US. Bahrain hosts some 5,000 American troops while the UAE hosts 3,500. The US uses the designation of “major non-NATO ally” to describe its relationship with Kuwait, which hosts the forward command of US Army Central.
Yemen in Crisis
Pompeo to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as terrorist group –Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he will designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization” as time runs down on the Trump administration. The designation will take effect on 19 Jan, one day before president-elect Joe Biden takes office. The move will impose or re-impose sanctions on the targets and may complicate the incoming Biden administration’s diplomacy. The administration’s effort for this formally designation had been bogged down for months, in internal disagreements over whether sanctions could be effectively enforced without worsening the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Yemen's Houthis retain right to respond to US terror designation – Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on 11 Jan that the group reserved the right to respond to any US move to blacklist them, after the Trump administration announced its intent to designate it as a foreign terrorist organization.
US terror designation for Yemen rebels raises famine fears – The Trump administration’s out-the-door decision to designate Yemen’s Iranian-backed rebels as a terror organization on 19 Jan. The United Nations and senior Republicans have also warned that it could have a devastating humanitarian impact as the country is facing the risk of famine. Aid agencies have pleaded for Biden to immediately reverse the designation.
At a Yemen hospital racked by U.S. funding cuts, children are dying of hunger – Aid cuts by the Trump administration and other Western countries, intended to prevent Yemen’s Houthi rebels from diverting or blocking funds, are worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis. Last year’s pledges totaling $1.61 billion were less than half of 2019’s funding, and hundreds of millions of dollars committed by donors have not yet been paid.
U.N. envoy plans trip to Yemen and Saudi Arabia after Aden attack – UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths will visit Yemen and Saudi Arabia in the next few days to meet with the Yemeni president and senior Saudi officials following an attack on Aden airport on 30 Dec.
Yemeni boy, ravaged by hunger, weighs 7 kg – Famine has never been officially declared in Yemen, where a six-year war has left 80% of the population reliant on aid in what the UN says is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. UN warnings in late 2018 of impending famine prompted an aid ramp-up. But coronavirus restrictions, reduced remittances, locusts, floods and significant underfunding of the 2020 aid response are exacerbating hunger.
US 'terror' label on Yemen's Houthis could hit peace talks, aid – The United States has announced it will designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terrorist organisation, a move aid groups and diplomats have long warned will make getting assistance to people stuck in the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” even harder. The designation will hamper efforts to bring aid to the estimated 80% of Yemen’s 30 million people who live in parts of the country controlled by the Houthis.
Drop Yemen's Houthi terrorist label, UN chief to urge US – United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock will urge the United States to reverse its plan to designate Yemen's Houthi group as a foreign terrorist organization, in a planned briefing to the UN Security Council. The move would push the country into a "famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly forty years." A US plan to issue licenses and exemptions to aid agencies will not prevent a famine in Yemen.
Red Cross fears U.S. move against Yemen's Houthis will impede aid – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it feared that the US designation of the Houthis in Yemen as a terrorist group would lead to a “chilling effect” on delivering vital aid to sick and starving civilians.
Yemenis fear cuts to imports, remittances after U.S. blacklists Houthis – Yemenis fear a US decision to blacklist the Houthis, could further isolate them from the global financial system, further depriving the country of vital remittances and hampering the flow of imports that has also been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Yemen's Houthis won't abandon peace efforts over U.S. designation, says chief negotiator – Yemen’s Houthi movement will not walk away from peace talks with the United Nations and Saudi Arabia despite the US decision to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organisation, according to the Houthi chief negotiator.
U.N. says U.S. blacklisting of Yemen group may hinder bid to avert oil spill – The United Nations is concerned that the US’ plan to blacklist Yemen’s Houthis will hinder its efforts to assess a decaying oil tanker, Safer, that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil in Ras Issa off the Yemeni coast. UN officials have warned it could spill four times as much oil as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska.
Formula One season to start in Bahrain after Australian Grand Prix postponed to November – Formula One season to start in Bahrain after Australian Grand Prix postponed to November.
Bahrain airport's new passenger terminal to open January 28 – A new passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport will begin operations on 28 Jan. The expansion project, part of the country’s Vision 2030 economic program, had been set to open in early 2020.
Pfizer delays Jan. vaccine delivery to Bahrain – A January shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Bahrain will not arrive on time, but second doses of the jab already scheduled will not be affected. Bahrain has the third highest rate of vaccinations per capita in the world.
Kuwait government submits resignation en masse to prime minister – Kuwait government ministers submitted their resignation en masse to Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah on 12 Jan, after lawmakers submitted a motion asking to question the premier. Sheikh Sabah must submit the government’s resignation to Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah, for approval.
Kuwait's cabinet submits resignation in standoff with parliament – Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah presented the resignation of his cabinet to the country’s ruler on 13 Jan, days before the premier was due to be questioned in parliament over his choice of ministers and other issues. The resignations come in light of the ongoing developments and tensions in relations in the National Assembly over what national interest dictates.
Omani sultan's eldest son to succeed him under new law – Oman’s new basic law published on 12 Jan established that succession will go from the ruler to the eldest son, creating a new position of crown prince. Sultan Haitham will be succeeded by his eldest son Dhi Yazan. Haitham’s move could strengthen the predictability of Omani politics, following the final years of Sultan Qaboos’ rule when secrecy about the succession raised concerns for stability.
Qatar emerges from Gulf spat resolute and largely unscathed – Qatar’s resolve throughout its ‘isolation’ by the quartet, showed how little the campaign achieved as the country holds firm with its ties to Turkey, Iran and Islamists. Moreover, coupled with an incoming Biden administration in Washington that is expected to take a firmer stance toward Saudi Arabia and re-engage with Iran, put Qatar in a strong negotiating position.
Saudi Crown Prince launches zero-carbon city in NEOM business zone – Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled plans on 10 Jan to build a zero-carbon city at NEOM, the first major construction project for the $500 billion flagship business zone aimed at diversifying the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter. The city, to be called “The Line”, would extend over 170 km and be able to house a million residents in “carbon-positive urban developments powered by 100% clean energy”.
UAE to manufacture China’s Sinopharm vaccine locally – The UAE will soon start manufacturing China’s Sinopharm vaccine in the country according to a new agreement.
Party city Dubai becomes escape hatch as Europe locks down – As 2021 began with barely a pop elsewhere, the airport in the UAE’s trade hub has been rammed as British, French and Russian tourists flooded into what has recently become the world’s most open city, where visitors can enjoy restaurants, bars and even socially distanced raves. After a tough lockdown, the city started opening up its economy gradually in May. With the UAE rolling out a fast vaccination programme, bookings for the city’s hotels are buoyant and a moribund property market is resurgent. Dubai, harder hit than the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, has adopted easier entry requirements to boost tourism. A more infectious new virus variant is present in the UAE and cases have surged since the new year. The authorities have so far only reminded people to adhere to social-distancing protocols.
Reports and Opinions
Qatar Crisis: A Beginning to the End? – GCC leaders signed the ‘security and stability’ agreement on 5 Jan. While the GCC has continued to function at a lower level since 2017, the rift exposed existent divergences and competitive dynamics within the bloc. Without acknowledgement or meaningful repair, these issues could easily resurface yet again.
Qatar’s rapprochement restores balance in the Middle East – The rapprochement between Qatar and the blockading quartet looks like a score-draw for Qatar against heavy odds. Qatar seems to have agreed only to drop legal cases against its adversaries at the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Trade Organization. Both sides say they will de-escalate hostilities in the media. Qatar had already scaled back its commitment to Islamist insurgents from Libya to Syria. Along with Turkey, however, it has maintained support for the pan-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Almost all parties involved acknowledge it pushed Qatar further into the arms of Iran and Turkey. Gulf sources have also said Qatar is being asked to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Turkey as part of the deal.
No one comes out on top in end of Qatar stand-off – After more than three years of intransigence, Saudi Arabia has lifted its air, sea and land embargo on Qatar. There is justifiable scepticism over whether last week’s agreement will be sufficient to heal the deep wounds, or will lead to a cold peace in which rivalries fester beneath the surface. The rapprochement should be welcomed, although there are no winners. All sides have paid a human and financial cost – the GCC was undermined as its core tenets were broken. More so, one positive gesture should not ease the pressure over the more nefarious activities that have occurred during Mohamed bin Salman’s leadership.
Has the GCC crisis been resolved? – The Al-Ula declaration signed at the GCC summit in Saudi Arabia brought the blockade of Qatar to a formal end. While the crisis has come to an end, the longer-term impacts of the regional rift are likely to take considerable time to heal and cannot be merely signed away with the stroke of a pen. What has made this crisis different from previous disagreements is the social legacy on families and individuals who endured years of separation and often vituperative finger-pointing and name-calling on social media. It will be the hardest issue to resolve, even after the disruptive effects of the pandemic dissipate and people are able to travel throughout the Gulf again.
Saudi Arabia Ends the GCC Crisis – The positive outcome of the 41st Gulf summit contrasted with the failure of the 40th GCC meeting of December 2019, that was accompanied by promising signals that turned out to be a misplaced hope in resolving the crisis. Qatar has not to complied with the 13 demands outlined in 2017 as it impinges on its sovereignty remained the stumbling block that impeded any progress, and practically the conditions haven’t changed since 2019. It is important to acknowledge King Salman’s decision to resolve the crisis, in order burnish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s image and prestige, perhaps in preparation for vacating the throne to him. To chart a course for the kingdom independent from the whims of UAE leaders. Only time will tell whether the solidarity and stability accord signed will prevent a recurrence of the conditions that led to the boycott.
How Will GCC Reconciliation Change the Stance of the Libyan Conflict? – Experts say it's unlikely that the GCC patch up will alter the outcome of the Libyan equation, although some changes on other regional issues may occur. Since Libya continues to be one of the hot conflicts of the region, where Saudi Arabia has chosen to side with warlord Khalifa Haftar, the process of reconciliation between Doha and Riyadh may have some ups and downs. Qatar supports Haftar's rival, the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli, which has put the country on the wrong side of Saudi.
What impact could U.S. blacklisting of Houthis have on Yemen's war? – United States’ President Donald Trump’s move to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation could disrupt peace efforts and hamper the delivery of life-saving aid in a country where fears of famine are rising. The possible implications on peace efforts include UN trying to restart political talks between both sides, as well as an escalation in violence. The effect of the humanitarian crisis is equally severe – one in which the US will not be able to cover as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has planned. This together with the UN’s funding shortage, all inevitably compound to become the world’s biggest famine. Aid agencies worry their work would be criminalised. Moreover, the increased burden on banks’ compliance mechanisms - could also impact Yemenis’ access to financial systems and remittances from abroad, as well as complicating imports and raising goods prices further.
World leaders can still avert famine in Yemen. Here’s how… – Mohamed Abdi, Yemen Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council, highlights how given the onslaught of crises; economic, political, war, and now health qua coronavirus – Yemen is not starving, but is being starved. He reemphasises how Yemen is close to the point of no return, but not beyond it – and leaders still have time to prevent famine before its too late. He points to four key actionable policy areas; lift the blockages on vital supplies, restore aid (through funding), so organisations can assist people who need it, end impunity whereby using starvation against civilians is a war crime, and lastly, stop the fighting.
علاقات إقليمية ودولية
أعلنت الإمارات إعادة العلاقات الدبلوماسية مع قطر خلال أسبوع عقب توقيع اتفاق المصالح الخليجي.
.أعرب مطلق القحطاني، المبعوث الخاص لوزير الخارجية القطري لمكافحة الإرهاب والوساطة في تسوية المنازعات، عن استعداد بلاده للوساطة بين تركيا والسعودية وكذلك بين الأخيرة وإيران
كشفت بعض الجرائد عن تحليق قاذفتين أمريكيتين في منطقة الخليج لأسباب غير معروفة. والجدير بالذكر أن هذه المنطقة شهدت مزيدا من التوتر عقب اغتيال العالم النووي الإيراني في السنة الماضية.
أعلن وزير الخارجية السعودية إعادة العلاقات الكاملة بين قطر والدول العربية المقاطعة لها، السعودية والإمارات والبحرين ومصر.
رحبت وزارة الخارجية السعودية بتصنيف الولايات المتحدة جماعة الحوثي اليمنية منظمة أجنبية إرهابية، وأضافت أن الرياض تأمل أن تمنع هذه الخطوة الجماعة من شن المزيد من الهجمات.
شارك قادة ورؤساء الوفود في قمة مجلس التعاون الخليجي في التوقيع على البيان الختامي في المملكة العربية السعودية بحضور أمير قطر وهذا الإعلان سيؤدي إلى التضامن والاستقرار في دول الخليج.
.كان هناك تداول على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي في عدد من الدول الخليجية بسبب فيديو لداعية كويتي
تنعقد قمة دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في مدينة العلا وسط توقعات بأنها ستشهد إعلان المصالحة وإنهاء المقاطعة مع قطر.
أبرمت شركة هواوي الصينية وشركة كادن السعودية اتفاقا سعيا لتوسيع قطاع الاتصالات وتسريع نمو الاقتصاد الرقمي.
صرّحت الخطوط الجوية القطرية في بيان رسمي أنها ستستأنف الرحلات إلى مصر اعتبارا من 18 يناير.
ازدهر السوق المحلي القطري في ظل تداعيات انتشار فيروس كورونا الأمر الذي يدل على تماسكها في القطاع الخاص بالرغم من تحديات الحصار.
رئيس الوزراء الكويتي يقدم استقالة الحكومة لأمير البلاد
.قالت وكالة الأنباء الكويتية (كونا) إن رئيس الوزراء الشيخ صباح الخالد الصباح قدم استقالة الحكومة لأمير البلاد الشيخ نواف الأحمد الجابر الصباح
قررت السعودية والإمارات والبحرين ومصر فتح الحدود البرية والبحرية والجوية مع قطر مقابل أن تتنازل الدوحة عن الدعاوى القضائية ذات الصلة.
حظيت السعودية بفترة ذهبية حيث كانت تسرح وتمرح تحت إدارة ترامب على عدة صُعُد غير أنه عقب نتائج الانتخابات الأمريكية بات هناك تصاعد في التكهنات أن الحزب الديمقراطي سيتخذ موقفاً صارماً ضد السعودية.
أعلنت الإمارات أنها ستعيد فتح كافة المنافذ البرية البحرية والجوية أمام القطريين اعتبارا من السبت.
.كان هناك تداول على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي في الكويت بعد انتشار فيديو لشاب من البدون صادرت السلطات الكويتية بقالته
أعلنت السلطات الأردنية عن استئناف عمليات الشحن البري مع قطر ويأتي هذا القرار بعد تطورات المصالحة بين دول الخليج لرفع الحصار عن قطر.
.يحذر مسؤول أممي من مغبة عزم واشنطن تصنيف جماعة الحوثيين في اليمن "جماعة إرهابية"، ومخاوف من تأثير القرار على وصول المساعدات إلى السكان في المناطق التي يسيطر عليها الحوثيون
كان هناك تداول واسع النطاق على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي بعد إتمام أولى خطوات المصالحة الخليجية وفتح الحدود والأجواء بين قطر والسعودية.
شهدت سلطنة عمان تعديلات دستورية جديدة تضمنت تعديل نظام الحكم، وقد استحدث بموجبها منصب ولي العهد لذلك هذه المقالة تسلط الضوء على ذي يزن نجل السلطان هيثم بن طارق وليا للعهد.
أعلن وزير الخارجية السعودي أن السعودية ستعيد فتح السفارة في قطر في الأيام المنصرمة القليلة والجدير بالذكر أن السعودية والإمارات والبحرين ومصر قد فرضت حصارا على قطر في 2017.
الحرب في اليمن
قال وزير الخارجية الأمريكي مايك بومبيو في بيان: إن جماعة الحوثي المدعومة إيرانيا في اليمن ستضاف إلى قائمة المنظمات التي تصنفها الولايات المتحدة إرهابية.
هذه المقالة تسلط الضوء على الاهتمام في صحف عربية بإعلان الولايات المتحدة عزمها تصنيف جماعة الحوثيين في اليمن منظمة "إرهابية" أجنبية.
استحدثت سلطنة عمان بعض التعديلات الدستورية والتي من ضمنها تعيين ولي للعهد، وتتزامن هذه التصريحات مع الذكرى الأولى لرحيل السلطان قابوس بن سعيد.
أصر عدد من الحقوقيين في البحرين على الإفراج عن السجناء المعتقلين والتحقيق في التجاوزات التي ارتكبها النظام البحريني
أعلنت سلطنة عمان تعديلات دستورية لتحديد طريقة انتقال السلطة في البلد حيث قرر السلطان هيثم بن طرق اختيار ابنه الأكبر ذي يزن وليا للعهد.
اعتزام الولايات المتحدة تصنيف الحوثيين في اليمن جماعة إرهابية يثير انقساما في صحف عربية، وكتاب يناقشون دوافع وتبعات هذه الخطوة على اليمن داخليا وخارجيا.
ساهمت التغيرات المناخية في اختفاء "المنغروف" في عمان تحديدا وذلك نتيجة ارتفاع نسبة الملوحة بسبب انخفاض هطول الأمطار ناهيك عن الممارسات الجائرة للإنسان بحسب ما نشر فريق الباحثين في دراسة علمية.
هذه المقالة تسلط الضوء على نتائج قمة العلا خاصة على الدور المهم الذي لعبته السعودية.