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Qatar projects $7.7 billion deficit in 2018 budget

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Qatar has projected a deficit of about $ 7.7 billion in its budget for 2018 for the third consecutive year because of falling energy prices, the country’s finance ministry has admitted. The ministry said it expects spending in the budget to reach $ 55.4 billion, compared to $ 47.7 billion, slightly higher than previously estimated. The ministry has already forecast a deficit of $ 7.8 billion for this year’s budget. According to a statement released by the ministry, it had calculated ...

A Saudi-UAE alliance to maintain Gulf security

Monday, 11 December 2017

Coordination and cooperation efforts between Saudi Arabia and the UAE are ongoing amid several regional wars and crises. The two stable Gulf countries are surrounded by a number of “failed” regimes and other regimes that have unsuccessfully tried to escape the quagmire of terrorism and violence.It has been a difficult time for these countries, especially due to sectarian, racist and fundamentalist rhetoric that fuels divisions and pushes armed militias and parties toward absurd ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

The alliance between Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Friday, 8 December 2017

The UAE has announced setting up of a joint Saudi-Emirati committee to deepen work and unite it. The decision was made before the recent Gulf summit held in Kuwait concluded. This summit was only held to guarantee that this council does not collapse and it was not held to reconcile with Qatar and it does not reflect a political victory for the latter like its media has been promoting. The decision to form the committee was made by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan and he assigned ...

Mashari Althaydi

The GCC summit in Kuwait survived while Doha didn’t

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Despite the blurred smiles among delegations, the Emir of Qatar could not hide his awkward position when he sat for the first time since the dispute broke out facing the ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. It is more than a disagreement. It is outright hostility. A day before the Kuwait summit, Qatar demonstrated animosity by supporting the Houthis in their war against Yemenis and Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, Qatar supported the killing of former President Ali Abdullah ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Jubeir leads Saudi delegation at GCC summit in Kuwait

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is heading his country's delegation to the 38th Gulf summit in Kuwait, Kuwait Television reported on Tuesday. Kuwait’s official television showed footage of the Saudi foreign minister with the emir of Kuwait at the hall where the summit is taking place. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash is also leading the UAE’s delegation to the summit. Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Kuwait to participate ...

Qatar foreign minister joins GCC counterparts in Kuwait meeting

Monday, 4 December 2017

Qatar's foreign minister met his Gulf Arab counterparts on Monday ahead of an annual summit in Kuwait, one of the highest official encounters since some of them cut diplomatic, trade and travel links with Doha six months ago. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said a day earlier that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani would attend the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on Dec. 5 and 6, despite the dispute within the group. The rift revolves ...

Saudi King receives US Secretary of energy

Monday, 4 December 2017

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. At the outset of the reception, the Secretary conveyed to the King and the Crown Prince the greetings of President Donald Trump of the United States of America, while the King expressed his greetings to the President. During the meeting, they reviewed the relations of friendship, the prospects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them.

Qatar and the illusion of power

Monday, 4 December 2017

Politics has nothing to do with fake bravery and catchy slogans fueled by alleged victories, and pretending to fight for a struggle. It is quite simply, to be subjective and logical and to work on achieving the higher interest of the state. This is what the Qatari government lacks. Objectivity and rationality would say that four countries boycotting Qatar will have no negative consequences for it, especially with the kingdom being strong. It tackles its issues on its own and isn’t willing ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Saudi foreign minister lands in Kuwait, Qatar confirms GCC summit participation

Monday, 4 December 2017

Uncertainty continues to prevail on whether GCC countries will be attending the 38th GCC summit which is set to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kuwait had invited the GCC countries and while Qatar confirmed its presence, the boycotting countries did not. On an earlier occasion, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had said that they refuse to participate in any summit which includes Qatar. However, according to an Al Arabiya Channel correspondant on  Monday,  the Saudi Minister of ...

What we know so far about the situation in Yemen

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he was ready for a “new page” in relations with the coalition fighting in Yemen. The call came as his supporters managed to control the majority of Sanaa. So far, here are the recent developments: Sunday: - Al-Houthi militias stormed the house of Mohammed Abdullah al-Qusi, the interior minister of the unrecognized coup government, a leader of the General People's Congress party in Mina al-Asbahi, south of the capital, ...

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