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Monday, 23 October 2017

A roundup of top stories from the Gulf in the past 24 hours. SAUDI ARABIA: • SAUDIZATION: Hiring foreigners who are mothers of Saudi men and women as well as children of Saudi women will be allowed in professions which are restricted only to Saudis. • MINISTRY RESTRUCTURING: The Ministry of Justice has begun restructuring judicial services in the Kingdom’s general courts, starting with Riyadh where the waiting time for random access to judges has been reduced by up to 90 percent. ...

Report suggests Qatar transferring ISIS militants from Iraq and Syria to Libya

Monday, 23 October 2017

ISIS militants have allegedly begun to regroup in south Libya with Qatar’s help after the Gulf state was accused of transferring hundreds of fighters from Syria and Iraq to Libya, a UAE-based newspaper reported on Saturday. Military sources told Alittihad newspaper that the move is an effort to turn the south into a hotbed for extremists after ISIS took severe blows in Syria and Iraq, According to Libyan military officials speaking to the newspaper, ISIS fighters began to leave fighting ...

Saudi foreign ministry denies any of their officials visited Israel

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denying several media reports that suggested a high-ranking Saudi official visited Israel in recent weeks. “A source from the Saudi foreign ministry said that reports of an official from Saudi Arabia visited Israel were complete false and had no basis in truth,” a statement read. “The source also added that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been transparent in terms of its movements and communications and has ...

Saudi crown prince discusses anti-terror fight with Iraq PM

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the latest efforts in the fight against terrorism in the region.During the meeting, both reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of developing them in various fields, in addition to the latest developments in the region, including joint efforts in combating terrorism.

King Salman: Saudi Arabia has historical ties to Iraq

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi monarch King Salman bin Abdul Aziz said on Sunday that “what links Saudi Arabia to Iraq is not just geography and common interests but ties of fraternity, blood, history and destiny”. King Salman said during a speech on the occasion of the signing of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council: "I look forward to the meetings of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council to move towards a broader and more welcoming horizon”. “We congratulate our brothers in Iraq on the ...

Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

Sunday, 22 October 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the two countries. A number of Saudi officials and ministers, including Saudi envoy to the US Prince Khaled bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, and American officials, including Christopher Henzel, the chargé d'affaires at the American Embassy in Riyadh, attended the meeting. ...

Yemen FM slams Iran for threatening stability, spreading chaos

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Yemen’s foreign minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi reiterated accusations that Iran is threatening stability and spreading chaos in the entire region. During his meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield in Riyadh, Mekhlafi said Tehran seeks to replace the state with sects and armies with militias in order for its project to sow chaos lives on.  

Financial crisis forces Qatar to sell UACC, but Saudi Arabia owns the decision

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Qatar’s crisis is holding up the sale of a shipping company it part owns, one of the latest signs of an emerging corporate fall-out that Doha is facing after Arab countries cut relations in June, sources familiar with the matter said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The dispute has hit Qatar’s financial sector, with banks in neighboring Arab states ...

Shock as Houthi minister proposes closing schools, sending children to war

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hassan Zaid, the minister of youth and sports in the Houthi government in Sanaa, called for closing schools and sending students to battle fronts. The minister’s proposal revealed the Houthis’ intentions to mobilize efforts to recruit children and send them to war. “Wouldn’t we be able to reinforce the ranks with hundreds of thousands (of fighters) and win the battle?” Zaid wrote on Facebook. His statements sparked outrage on social media. One user proposed ...

Hamas says its rapprochement with Egypt has angered Qatar

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said on Friday that Qatar does not support the rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt particularly in terms of the efforts to reconcile between it and Fatah. This comes after Doha’s previous unsuccessful intervention in Palestinian reconciliation efforts. Asked whether it’s possible for Hamas to communicate with Qatar to pay the wages of its employees in Gaza until a judicial committee agreed on in Cairo is created, Sinwar said: “Qatar is ...

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