US stresses Saudis over Khashoggi killing amid calls to punish prince

The United States on Monday pressed Saudi Arabia to take further measures after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Washington faced growing criticism that it did not directly target Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. President Joe Biden on Friday released an intelligence report that found that Prince Mohammed approved the 2018 killing of Khashoggi,… Continue reading US stresses Saudis over Khashoggi killing amid calls to punish prince

Biden claims to have seen Saudi journalist’s murder report before its release

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he has already seen a soon-to-be released intelligence report detailing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “Yes I have,” he told reporters when asked if he’d read the intelligence assessment. Earlier, the White House said the unclassified report would be out “soon.” Press… Continue reading Biden claims to have seen Saudi journalist’s murder report before its release

Pentagon calls Saudi: “defence partnership” reaffirmed

Washington has reaffirmed its “strategic defence partnership” with Riyadh in the face of increased attacks by Yemeni rebels but the move came in a call from the Pentagon instead of the White House. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin condemned the Huthi attacks in a telephone conversation Thursday with his Saudi counterpart, Crown Prince Mohammed bin… Continue reading Pentagon calls Saudi: “defence partnership” reaffirmed

Biden, Netanyahu laid tensions to rest with their long-awaited call

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid any tensions to rest Wednesday by finally holding their first phone call since the change of administration in Washington. Netanyahu was one of the last foreign leaders to get a call from Biden, who took office on January 20, despite Israel’s special relationship with… Continue reading Biden, Netanyahu laid tensions to rest with their long-awaited call

Saudi king Salman will get the first call from Biden: White House

Saudi Arabia’s king, not the younger de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be the one getting a first phone call from US President Joe Biden, the White House said Tuesday. Biden is using telephone diplomacy to underline the break with Donald Trump’s Mideast policies. Although Biden has reached out to US allies… Continue reading Saudi king Salman will get the first call from Biden: White House

Eco-City launched by top Saudi oil exporter

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top crude exporter, announced Sunday the launch of an eco-city “with zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions” at its futuristic NEOM mega development. The $500 billion NEOM project, set to be built from scratch along the kingdom’s picturesque Red Sea coast, is billed as a development evocative of a… Continue reading Eco-City launched by top Saudi oil exporter

Saudi says full ties restored between Qatar after 3 years

Full ties have been restored between Qatar and the four nations that severed relations with Doha in a rift that began over three years ago, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia led a coalition of countries in the Gulf and beyond that cut ties and transport links with Qatar in June 2017, charging… Continue reading Saudi says full ties restored between Qatar after 3 years

US ‘concerned’ on Saudi women activist sentence

The United States voiced concern Monday over Saudi Arabia’s imposition of a prison sentence on prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul, in a low-key response as President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration vowed a firm stance on human rights. Hathloul, 31, a long-time campaigner for women’s right to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom, was sentenced to five years… Continue reading US ‘concerned’ on Saudi women activist sentence

Israel and Arab world: four accords and secret visit

Morocco on Thursday became the latest Arab state to recognise Israel, after three other agreements that were reached this year. Here is a recap of the developments in the Jewish state’s ongoing rapprochement with the Arab world. Huge breakthrough In a surprise announcement on August 13, US President Donald Trump says Israel and the United… Continue reading Israel and Arab world: four accords and secret visit

Saudi denies role in Iranian nuclear scientist’s killing

A senior Saudi minister on Tuesday lashed out at Iran’s foreign minister for implying Riyadh played a role in the assassination of leading nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Fakhrizadeh was killed on Friday after his car and bodyguards were targeted in a bomb and gun attack on a major road outside the capital Tehran, heightening tensions… Continue reading Saudi denies role in Iranian nuclear scientist’s killing