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Putin, MbS discuss trade ties, cooperation within OPEC

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed cooperation within the OPEC+ during a phone call on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Kremlin.

Blinken meets with MbS in Jeddah, Saudi-Israel normalization on agenda

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, a State Department spokesperson has confirmed, the latest step toward “rapprochement between the Biden administration and Saudi’s de facto leader.”

Saudi Crown Prince meets Venezuelan president, discusses bilateral ties

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Tuesday. The two sides reviewed bilateral relations and explored various ways of enhancing cooperation in all fields.

Venezuela’s Maduro begins official visit to Saudi Arabia

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Saudi Arabia for an official visit aimed at strengthening diplomatic and economic ties with Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia says to slash oil output by 1 million barrels a day from July

Saudi Arabia announced the decision to expand voluntary cuts to its crude oil output from July in a bid to help efforts to reinforce global oil prices. The rest of the OPEC+ oil producers have already agreed to extend earlier cuts in supply through the end of 2024.

Saudi Arabia executes 3 men over terror charges

Saudi Arabia announced the execution of three men in the Shia-populated Eastern Region for “joining a terrorist cell, possessing weapons and armed assault on security centers and security men."

Top US diplomat Blinken due in Saudi Arabia within days

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Saudi Arabia next week, his first trip to the kingdom since Tehran and Riyadh agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

Young Saudi woman sentenced to more than 30 years in prison over tweets on human rights

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison for anonymously tweeting about political prisoners, women's rights and unemployment in the kingdom, the UK-based rights group Alqst has told Middle East Eye.

Saudi Arabia executes two Bahrainis over terror charges

Saudi Arabia has executed  two Bahrainis convicted of "plotting terrorist operations", the Saudi Interior Ministry has announced, raising the number of similar executions to nine this month.

FT: Saudi Arabia in talks to join BRICS bank

The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS group of major emerging economies is currently in talks with Saudi Arabia on admitting the kingdom as its tenth member, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Saudi team in Syria to discuss reopening of embassy

A Saudi technical team arrived in Syria on Saturday to discuss the reopening of Riyadh’s embassy in Damascus, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt looking to purchase Chinese weapons

Beijing is reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to sell the two Arab states a variety of new arms, including the Chengdu J-10C, the fighter jet that forms the backbone of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

Houthi chief: Saudi Arabia can ensure peace for itself by stopping hostilities against Yemen

Leader of Yemen's Houthi movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi says Saudi Arabia can only secure peace for itself by stopping its hostilities against Yemen and lifting a blockade that it has been exercising alongside its allies against the war-torn country.

Saudi Arabia executes 3 Shia youths

Saudi authorities have executed three young men from the Shia-populated Qatif region on charges of involvement in sabotage activities.

Syrian, Saudi FMs hold meeting ahead of Arab summit

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, have met on the sidelines of preparatory meetings for the Arab League summit in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Syria announce decisions to resume diplomatic relations

Saudi Arabia and Syria have announced separate decisions to resume their diplomatic ties. It comes more than a decade after Riyadh cut the ties and began throwing support behind anti-Damascus groups.

Biden aide in Riyadh discusses Yemen with MbS

The US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh and reviewed what the White House called “significant progress” in Yemen peace efforts, the White House has announced.

White House dispatching top aide to meet with MbS

US President Joe Biden is dispatching one of his top advisers to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, later this week.

Putin and MbS ‘satisfied’ with oil cuts despite US fury

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shared their mutual satisfaction with oil prices in a phone call on Friday. They have agreed to advance cooperation in an energy partnership that has irked the United States.

Saudi FM meets with Syrian President Assad in first Damascus visit since war

Syrian President Bashar al- Assad has met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Damascus in the most significant step yet towards ending Syria’s decade-long regional isolation.

Hamas delegation visits Saudi Arabia to mend ties

A delegation of senior officials from the Palestinian Hamas movement has traveled to Saudi Arabia as the two sides try to revive relations.

Israeli PM calls for normalizing ties with Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia would be "a great leap" on the way to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Media: Top Hamas leaders to visit Saudi Arabia following Tehran-Riyadh rapprochement

A delegation of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas is set to visit Saudi Arabia, Palestinian media reported, describing it as a major development as Israel’s hopes of forging official ties with Riyadh appear to dwindle further.

Saudi Arabia to launch four new special economic zones

Four special economic zones are to be established in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced.

Syria, Saudi Arabia moving toward restoring embassies, flights for first time in over a decade

Damascus and Riyadh are moving toward reopening embassies and resuming flights between the two countries for the first time in more than a decade, the countries announced Thursday in a joint statement.

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