Secretary Tillerson, in Riyadh, Pledges Support for Saudi-Iraq Relationship to Counter Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Riyadh over the weekend to express U.S. support for a warming of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq as the two nations inaugurate the first meeting of the Saudi-Iraq Coordination Council, a new organization that will facilitate bilateral ties.

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Tillerson Promotes Closer Iraq-Saudi Ties in Riyadh

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted improving ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a way to counter Iran's growing military assertiveness ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

As I commented earlier today, this is my third visit now to Riyadh this year as Secretary of State. It’s clearly an indication of the ...


Saudi-Qatar Rift

Tillerson Says Saudi Arabia Rebuffed Him on Ending Qatar Crisis

“I did in my meetings with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ask him please engage in dialogue,” Tillerson said at a briefing in Doha alongside ...


Stock Ownership

Saudis May Allow Foreigners Strategic Stakes in Listed Firms

The Capital Market Authority and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority signed a memorandum to set up a framework to allow foreigners to own 10 ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco public offering is on track for 2018: CEO Amin Nasser

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year remains on track, the oil giant's chief executive Amin Nasser told CNBC ...



The real winner from Saudi’s new stance on women drivers

As women pass their driving tests and receive their licenses, the odds are that they will simply be added to existing insurance policies. The updates ...


Public Investment Fund

How Saudi Arabia Is Building Its $2 Trillion Fund

This week, it’s holding a coming-out party of sorts for the Public Investment Fund, which is central to the government’s effort to diversify the economy away from oil, ...


Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia’s Young Crown Prince Owns the Reform Process, for Better or Worse

The elevation in June of Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince may have been a move that was anticipated by many Saudi watchers. But it ...


Islamic Finance

Saudi Arabia joins Islamic finance standards body

Saudi Arabia's central bank has joined an international standard-setting body for Islamic finance, a move that could help standardise industry practices and ease cross-border transactions ...


Kingdom Tower Jeddah

Video: Future world’s tallest tower grows in Saudi Arabia

"It's like having Burj Khalifa and the Shard in London on top of it," said Hisham Jomah, chief development officer, Jeddah Economic Company. ...



Saudi’s Mobily blames fingerprint policy as Q3 loss widens

Saudi Arabia’s Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) reported a third-quarter loss on Monday, blaming a rule introduced last year requiring fingerprints be registered with SIM cards for ...


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Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf ...


Iran in the Region

Tillerson: Time for Iranian-backed militias to leave Iraq

"Those militias need to go home," Tillerson said. "Any foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control ...


Iran Nuclear Deal

Britain’s Johnson says absolutely no doubt Iran nuclear deal will be preserved

There is absolutely no doubt that a deal between Western powers and Iran to curb its nuclear program will survive despite the United States’ decision ...


Global Oil Markets

As US exports make inroads to Asia, Middle East suppliers adopt strategies to secure buyers

Due to stability of supply and competitiveness against other grades, Middle East crudes have been East Asia’s largest supply source and many refineries in the ...


Kurdish Referendum

Commentary: Moderation and caution should be the watchwords in a Kurdish crisis that could spiral out of control

Kurdistan regional government chief Masoud Barzani had briefly basked in the afterglow of an Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, which he insisted on and pushed through ...



Yemen’s Saleh should be ‘hanged at Gate of Yemen’: Houthis

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh should be killed "be killed and hanged at the Gate of Yemen," the country's Houthi rebels said on Friday, ...



At least 67 civilians found dead in Syria town taken from IS

The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria ...



Russia accused of supplying Taliban as power shifts create strange bedfellows

Afghan officials have called on Moscow to stop supporting the Taliban, as the militant group steps up attacks across the country, allegedly with the help ...



Hamas deputy leader says to continue Iran ties, armed fight

The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Israel’s arch-enemy Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media ...


Interpreting Trump

Opinion: Why the Middle East may understand Trump more than his own people

The Iranians and other Middle Easterners understand that every tweet Trump puts out is for domestic consumption, even if it concerns international affairs. They know ...


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