Bahrain selects banks for planned international bond issue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Bahrain’s government has selected banks for a planned international bond issue, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. BNP Paribas, Citi and JPMorgan have been chosen to arrange the transaction, along with Gulf International Bank and National Bank of Bahrain, the sources said. Bahrain’s central bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The government is covering a budget deficit caused by low oil prices partly ...

Greetings to the city of Muharraq

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I regularly receive dozens of invitations to attend conferences, seminars, forums, meetings and exhibitions on a wide range of political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural issues. However, many of such events turn into “duplicated copies”, having same faces and same themes, and some of them are repeated “periodically” in which merely the location of the city or the host country is changed, but the subject and its treatment remain boring and monotonous. This is ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Bahrain arrests four Iran-trained extremists involved oil pipeline blast

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Bahrain has announced that four extremists were arrested on Wednesday for their involvement in the explosion of an oil pipeline last year. As part of counter-terrorism operations and to maintain national security, the four extremists were identified as part of the outlawed terrorist group February 14 Coalition. They were arrested for plotting the bombing of an oil pipeline near the Buri village on Nov. 10 last year. They were identified as Fadhel Mohammed Jaffar Ali, 23, Anwar Abdulaziz Musa ...

Bahrain condemns two in terror cell to death

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Bahrain’s criminal court on Wednesday sentenced two people to death and 19 others to life imprisonment in a ruling against a cell convicted of terror attacks. It also sentenced 17 members of the cell to 15 years in jail, nine others to 10 years, 11 to five years, and acquitted the last two defendants, Bahrain’s BNA news agency reported. Forming terror cell The defendants were convicted of forming a terror cell that carried out a number of attacks, killing at least two policemen and ...

Arab quartet blasts ‘misleading’ UN report on boycott of Qatar

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A joint statement was issued by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt accredited to the United Nations in Geneva in response to the content of the report of the technical mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which visited Doha in November 2017. The statement reads as follows: Following the report prepared by the Technical Mission of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on its visit to Qatar from 17 to 24 November 2017, the missions of the Kingdom ...

UAE military ordered not to escalate Qatar crisis

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A military official in the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday its forces had instructions not to escalate an ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar. UAE military aircrafts would also fly alternative routes over Saudi Arabia to avoid the possibility of interception by Qatari warplanes, air force brigadier general Helal Saeed al-Qubaisi told reporters at a news conference in the capital Abu Dhabi. The UAE said on Monday that Qatari warplanes had twice intercepted its civilian aircraft during ...

Bahrain says Hezbollah backs terrorist cells targeting its security

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bahrain’s interior minister has accused Lebanese Hezbollah militias of supporting terror groups and at least 19 plots against public figures in the Gulf island kingdom in the past year. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said on Sunday that as a result, 47 people were charged with links to terrorism, including plots to assassinate public figures. “The cells are run by individuals in Iran who coordinate with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Popular ...

UAE submits notes to UN on Qatar’s interception of aircraft

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The UAE has submitted two notes to the President of the UN Security Council and the President of the United Nations General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of the UN Charter, following Qatar’s threat to the lives of civilians through its interception of two UAE aircraft on a routine flight to Bahrain via internationally accredited airlines, and with all necessary approvals and permits. According to Emirates news agency WAM, the notes state the UAE view that this was ...

UAE: Qatari violations against Emirati planes systematic, endangers civilians

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Qatari violations against Emirati aircrafts have become systematic behavior that puts civilian lives at risk, a statement from UAE’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. “Representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and the Civil Aviation Authority, in a meeting organized by the UAE’s foreign ministry at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi in the presence of ambassadors of the Security Council from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, reviewed the reality of the Qatari escalation of the ...

Gargash: Qatar flight interception shows signs of worry, confusion

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The UAE’s Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash has said that the Qatari interception of the two passenger planes is an attempt toward escalation stemming from worry and confusion. “The recent developments in the Qatari crisis and their interception of passenger planes has two explanations,” Gargash said in a tweet on Wednesday. “The first is that it is an escalation stemming from worry and confusion, and the second is a desperate attempt fearing marginalization. Our response ...

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