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UAE minister Gargash says Somalia creating ‘unnecessary’ tension

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Somalia created tension that’s uncalled for after its seizure of a civilian aircraft this week and money on board that’s allocated for the Somali army. “The current Somali government has, via several violations of previous arrangements and understandings with the UAE, created unnecessary tensions with a friend and an ally that stood with Somalia’s security and stability in the darkest moments,” ...

Another Saad Hariri tweet features Macron, Saudi Crown Prince

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lebanese Prime minister Saad Hariri tweeted a picture of him joined by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday. Hariri captioned the picture ‘no comment’, which is having people on social media wondering if it is referring to an inside joke as he had tweeted a selfie of him with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Morocco’s King Mohammad VI with the same caption earlier on Monday. Hariri attended a gala send-off dinner ...

Torture and Suicide: The testimony of a Houthi captive

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

“The memories of the time I spent in prison and the torture nightmares still haunt my imagination; the sight of the prisoners blindfolded and tied, bound by their hands, led by a screaming jailer, is still clear to me.” This is what Dr. Abdul Qadir al-Junaid told Al Arabiya while recalling the details of his time in the Houthi militia’s prisons. Junaid was abducted and thrown into the Houthi prisons for more than 300 days after he was kidnapped from his home in the city of Taiz ...

Saudi Crown Prince: I want my wife and children to live a normal life

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, a French reporter asked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman if he will be bringing his spouse along with him if he visits France again in the future. With a smile on his face, and on the eager faces of other reporters in the room, the crown prince said that he is very careful that his wife and four children lead a normal life that is not affected by his post as the future heir of the kingdom. “I want my children to live ...

IN PICTURES: Mohammed bin Salman meets Macron at Élysée Palace

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met French President Emmanuel Macron at Élysée Palace, on Tuesday. The meeting was part of the Saudi Crown Prince's official visit to France, which included agreements in the fields of culture, tourism and the economy. During the visit, Prince Mohammed also met with Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields, ways of ...

Al Jubeir: Those responsible for Douma attack must be held accountable

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that those responsible for the suspected chemical attack in Douma should be held accountable. He added: "We are discussing with our allies the steps to respond to the attack." With regard to Iran's nuclear deal, Al-Jubeir described it as lacking, adding that the shortcomings of the agreement have to be fixed.

UAE denounces Somalia’s holding of its civilian aircraft, seizing money

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday denounced Somalia's seizure of a civilian aircraft this week and money on board, according to a statement on the state news agency WAM. "Money allocated to support the Somali army and trainees was seized at gunpoint by Somali security personnel, who disrespected some members of the UAE forces," it said. Some $9.6 million in cash was taken from the plane that had landed from the UAE at Mogadishu airport, police and government sources had said. ...

Iranian border guards will handle ‘simultaneous naval patrols’ with Qatar

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Commander of the Iranian border guards, Brigadier General Qassim Rezaie, is currently visiting Qatar and said in a statement that there is “good and growing border cooperation between Iran and Qatar.” He told IRNA news agency that there is cooperation between the Iranian border forces and the Qatari side to carry out “simultaneous naval patrols.” He added that his current visit to Doha is a continuation of the efforts to “consolidate further border relations between ...

Reception for project on Saudi historic region held in the Louvre

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A reception for the Saudi royal commission for Al Ula was held in the grand hall in the Louvre in Paris on Monday. It was attended by a number of ministers including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Cultural Minister Awwad Alawwad and political and cultural figures from both countries. France and Saudi Arabia are set to sign a cooperation to develop the Saudi city of Al Ula during Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s current visit to ...

Saudi ambassador to US thanks President Bush for ‘warm reception’

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Saudi ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman on Monday responded to a tweet by former US President George H. W. Bush after the president had welcomed Prince Khalid and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his residence in Texas last week.“It was my great pleasure to accompany HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his meeting with you Mr. President and to have the opportunity to discuss our historic Saudi-US partnership. Thank you for a warm reception in your ...

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