Leaders Arrive in Saudi Arabia for Two Summits as Tensions Run High Over Iran

Saudi Arabia began hosting Arab leaders for two emergency summits starting today after attacks this month on oil assets has heightened tensions with Iran, according to reports.

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GCC Summit

Saudi Arabia asks nations to respond to Iran with ‘firmness’

Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation ahead of a series of summits in ...


Saudi Summits

Leaders arriving in Saudi Arabia for Makkah summits

Arab and Muslim leaders have started arriving in Saudi Arabia for a series of summits convened by King Salman to discuss regional security ...


Sempra Energy Deal

Saudi Energy Conundrum Deepens With Gas Deal

In 2015, Saudi Arabia held the world’s sixth largest gas reserves. That is a lot. But producing that gas is tricky, and the country has ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia expected to hike crude prices to Asia in July for third month: sources

The producer is likely to increase the official selling price (OSP) for flagship Arab Light crude by up to $1 a barrel to the highest ...



US lawmakers hope to block Trump’s Saudi arms sale push

Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill to block President Donald Trump when it comes to potential hostilities with Iran, arms sales to Saudi Arabia and ...


Saudi Mortgages

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co to obtain sovereign guarantees on sukuk

The bond issuance comes amid plans to purchase more home loan portfolios from mortgage financing companies and banks to boost the kingdom’s secondary mortgage market. ...



Virgin Hyperloop One confirms Saudi Transport Ministry proposal

His comments came six months after Virgin Hyperloop One downplayed reports by the Financial Times that the kingdom had scrapped plans to build an ultra-high-speed ...


Saudia-Haramain Railway

Saudi Arabian Airlines, Haramain High-Speed Railway sign deal on services

Passengers will benefit from services such as an app to manage travel procedures and direct baggage transfer from HHSR stations to airports. ...


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China in the Region

Pentagon fears China’s growth in Middle East arms market

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Top US Officer: Iran’s Threats Look Like a ‘Campaign’

“We saw something that looked more like a campaign than an individual threat,” he said. “It was the geographic span, and the perception that that ...


GCC Summit

Diplomatic Ballet Precedes Arab, Gulf and Islamic Summits

As preparations continue for the historic triple summit in Mecca Thursday, Iran, the United States and its Arab allies continue their diplomatic ballet in the ...



Israel faces new vote as Netanyahu fails to form government

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Backsliding Turkey’s EU bid slips further away: Commission

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Top US and Russian diplomats discussed ways to end Syria war

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Iran Sanctions

Hong Kong Rejects U.S. Warning on Ship Breaching Iran Sanctions

While the U.S. official said the tanker is heading to Hong Kong, ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg shows a vessel called the Pacific Bravo off ...


Yemen Civil War

Perspective: Houthi Drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities are part of a strategy to increase their support in Yemen

My research on the Yemeni civil war suggests that these drone strikes can be partially explained by internal insecurities within the Houthi movement, as numerous ...


F-35 Sales

Lockheed: We Could Easily Sell Turkey’s F-35s to Other Customers

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson downplayed the impact of a potential U.S. ban on Turkey’s purchases of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, saying other countries ...


Freedom Gas

The Trump administration is calling natural gas “molecules of freedom” now

It seems the US Department of Energy has made a linguistic decision to rebrand natural gas as “freedom gas,” and refer to its chemistry as ...


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