Arab League Secretary General says no to a Kurdish state

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Arab League has taken a clear position on the Kurdish call for independence. “Today the Kurds are calling for a State of their own… why not the Yazidis, why not the Pashtuns, why not the Assyrians, why not lots of others?” said Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in his opening speech at NATO Defense College Foundation’s conference on Arab geopolitics in Rome, Italy. Watch the conference live here “History teaches us that ...

Amr Moussa’s book and his understanding of the region

Monday, 18 September 2017

Veteran Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa recently published his first memoirs. The book stirred controversy and sparked political and media battles. Moussa was an envoy and minister and also former chief of the Arab League. As he has occupied many positions, he knows a lot about the region’s secrets and he is actually a part of many such secrets. He did not write his memoirs after decades of retirement as he has been active during Egypt’s recent developments when he headed the committee ...

Mashari Althaydi

Qatar’s characteristic obstinacy and Iran’s ‘honor’

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Qatar’s delegate to the Arab League, Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, recently spoke with such strange insolence about Iran’s honor. Meanwhile, efforts by the American Congress are underway to impose more sanctions on Iran because of its support of terrorism. As Muraikhi defended Iran’s political honor, Hassan Nasrallah, his guide Khomeini and his friend Bashar Al Assad proudly announced victory. Victory against whom? Against the Syrian people, Arabs and mainly Saudi Arabia and ...

Mashari Althaydi

Trump, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed discuss efforts to resolve Qatar dispute

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

US President, Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to discuss efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar, the White House said in a statement. “The President underscored the importance of unity among United States partners in the region and the need for all countries to do more to cut off funding for terrorist groups, discredit extremist ideology, and defeat terrorism,” the White House statement read. The call comes ...

Barzani rejects Arab League’s request to postpone independence referendum

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani rejected Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s request to postpone the independence referendum scheduled for September 25. The Arab League also requested the Kurds to hold dialogue with Baghdad before the referendum is held but Barzani said a delegation from Kurdistan will visit Baghdad after the referendum and not before it. The Arab League chief had arrived in Erbil from Baghdad to address the referendum which stirred problems between ...

Arab League urges Israel to learn lessons from al-Aqsa crisis

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Arab League said on Thursday Israel’s removal of new security measures that sparked days of violence at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque had solved the immediate crisis but urged it to learn lessons by desisting from any such steps in future. The dispute erupted after Israel installed metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, following the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by Arab gunmen who ...

Saudi-Iraqi relations: A regional safety net

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The meeting between Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi during the Arab summit last month in Jordan was not a protocol meeting for the sake of peace or a photo op. It falls within the path of continuous communication between Riyadh and Baghdad and aims to enhance bilateral relations, establish trust and create a unified front to confront terrorism. In an interview with Al-Hurra television channel, Abadi confirmed Iraq’s rejection to be part of a ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

Arab League calls for de-escalation in Syria

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Arab League chief Ahmed Abu Gheit warned on Saturday against a “dangerous escalation” in Syria after a US missile strike on a Syrian airbase following an alleged regime chemical attack. “The Arab League rejects regional and international powers’ attempts to politick over the corpses of Syrians or at the cost of its sovereignty,” he told reporters. “Therefore we demand that all should retreat from this dangerous escalation we are monitoring,” said the ...

ANALYSIS: Is the Arab Summit alliance raising stakes for Iran?

Monday, 3 April 2017

It appears the recent Arab League Summit in Jordan should be considered an important development in the path of further isolating Iran in the Middle East. At a first glance, this was a conference in which the highest number of state leaders participated in comparison to previous such gatherings. A more in-depth perspective places us before this important conclusion that most speakers strongly criticized Iran’s meddling and highlighted the necessity of solidarity and alliance amongst Arab ...

Jordan between two summits

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Jordanian capital has turned into a center for regional activity. On Monday, a Saudi-Jordanian summit was held following the arrival of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the country. The Arab League Summit will be held tomorrow in Dead Sea. These two important political events are linked to the region’s complicated and dangerous affairs. If you ask Jordan’s neighbors about their opinion in Jordan, the answer will mostly be the same. They would say Jordan is most capable of ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

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