Monday, August 15, 2022

Saudi Arabia

Report: Saudi king holed up for over 480 days

Reports say, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has isolated himself in the kingdom's northwest desert for more than 480 straight days, reigniting concerns for his health while his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), lies in wait for the throne.

US Senate rejects attempt to block Biden’s Saudi arms sale

The US Senate on Tuesday night rejected a bipartisan effort to block President Joe Biden's $650 billion arms sale to the Saudi government.

Lebanon’s information minister quits to ease Saudi dispute

Lebanon's information minister resigned on Friday saying he was putting the nation before his personal interest as he sought to end a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia sparked by his comments.

Turkey seeks Saudi records for Khashoggi murder suspects

A Turkish court has asked authorities to check if defendants on trial in absentia for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi already face charges in Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi airbase, Aramco under Yemen drone attacks”

The Yemeni army says they have launched a large-scale military operation inside Saudi Arabia, hitting the kingdom’s Khaled airbase and Aramco refinery. The "Eighth Deterrence Operation" was carried out by 14 drones.

US senators move to block major arms sale to Saudi Arabia

A group of American senators are trying to block Joe Biden administration's arms sale to Riyadh over the kingdom’s involvement in the bloody war in Yemen, three senators announced on Thursday.

Nasrallah: Saudis after civil war in Lebanon

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement warns Saudi Arabia is seeking to stage a civil war in Lebanon. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also rejected as baseless Saudi claims that Iran has occupied Lebanon.

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen, capital hit

Saudi fighter jets have targeted several areas in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, as well as Amran and Sa’dah provinces on Wednesday evening.

‘US-Saudi arms deal shows Biden not committed to peace’

A high-ranking member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council has announced the US arms deal with Saudi Arabia shows the Biden administration is not committed to Yemen peace.

FBI releases documents about investigating ties between Saudi govt. and 9/11

The FBI has released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents about its long effort to explore connections between Riyadh and the September 11th attacks.

US approves $650m sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved its first major arms sale to Riyadh under President Joe Biden with the sale of air-to-air missiles valued at $650 million, according to the Pentagon.

Iraq to ink energy contracts with Saudi Arabia

Baghdad plans to sign energy contracts worth tens of billions of dollars with Riyadh, the state newspaper Al-Sabaah reported, citing Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar.

FM: Lebanon, Saudi crisis not to be resolved through negotiation

The recent diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Riyadh cannot be resolved through negotiations, Lebanon's top diplomat says. The row began after a Lebanese minister stated Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen was an act of aggression.

Yemen: Saudi, allies should admit defeat in war

Yemen’s Defense Minister Mohammad al-Atefi has stated the Saudi-led coalition waging war against the country has no choice but to admit defeat . He stressed all occupied areas would soon be restored to the Yemeni sovereignty.

Report: US raises Saudi-Israel normalization with MbS

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan has raised the possibility of normalizing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel during the last month meeting with crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), American and Saudi sources told Axios.

Persepolis officially protests unfair seat allocation, delays in S Arabia

Iranian football club Persepolis has officially protested against a lack of proper coordination in holding training sessions, and allocating all stadium seats to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in quarterfinals round of the 2021 AFC Champions League.

HRW says Saudi takeover of Newcastle aimed at sportswashing

Human rights groups have strongly criticized the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United club. They have accused the monarchy of "sportswashing" to improve its damaged global image.

Saudi Arabia executes Shia man over ‘terror charges’

Saudi Arabia has executed a man from Qatif region in the Shia-populated Eastern Province over alleged links to a "terrorist cell."

UAE says seeking to reduce tension with Iran

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says Abu Dhabi is trying to manage rivalries with Tehran through talks to avoid new conflict in the region. It comes as Iran, in the recent past, has held four rounds of negotiations with its Persian Gulf rival, Saudi Arabia, to restore the damaged relationship.

Saudi Arabia says ‘very robust’ to end Yemen war

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said Riyadh is conducting a “dialogue” with Washington regarding the war in Yemen. He says Riyadh is seeking to end the Yemen war.

Saudi Arabia seeks talks with Iran, concrete results

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz expressed hope that Riyadh's talks with Tehran will lead to confidence building, as the two regional rivals are engaged in dialogue following years of heightened tensions.

US okays $500m copter maintenance deal with Saudi Arabia

The US Department of State has approved a possible $500 million sale to Saudi Arabia to provide maintenance services to the country's helicopter fleet, according to a statement released Thursday.

India to host Iranian, Saudi FMs

New Delhi is preparing for visits by the Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers, Indian officials confirmed, as part of a series of engagements aimed at discussions on Afghanistan with partner countries as well as Tehran-Riyadh ties.

Families of 9/11 victims say US ‘helping protect Saudi Arabia’

9/11 survivors and relatives say the US government is still “covering up for Saudi Arabia”, two decades after Al-Qaeda hijackers, many of them Saudi nationals, killed almost 3,000 people.

Saudi security chief fired over embezzlement

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dismissed Public Security Director Khalid bin Qaraar Al-Harbi on Tuesday, referring him to investigation on charges of embezzlement of the public funds.

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