With Regional Turmoil and Domestic Changes, Resolution of Qatar Crisis Slips in Priority for Saudi Arabia

The emergence of new foreign policy and domestic challenges for Saudi Arabia in recent weeks have taken precedent over resolving the Arab-led embargo of Qatar, according to Saudi Arabia’s leaders, as the United States reportedly has stepped in to support the Kingdom now elsewhere in the region.

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Cairo Summit

Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Discussions will focus on confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs. ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

U.S. Seeks to Bolster Saudi Arabia in Face of Expanding Iranian Threat

The Trump administration is pushing for a quick resolution to the political stalemate in Lebanon so the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can focus on what ...



Israel has held secret talks with Saudi Arabia over Iran threat, says minister

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by ...


Qatar Dispute

Saudi foreign minister: We have more important issues than the Qatar crisis

Speaking to editors of Egyptian newspapers on Sunday on the sidelines of the Arab foreign ministers meeting at the Arab League in Cairo, Jubeir said ...


Saudi Economy

Analysis: Corruption Purge Overshadows Stalled Reality of Saudi Economy

For change to really hit Saudi Arabia’s economy, there are some substantial barriers to break through. Growth is stalled across the GCC states, while governments ...


Saudi Budget

Saudi Arabia Seen Meeting Budget Target: Video

Saudi Arabia is on course to meet its end-of-year budget targets after reporting an 80% jump in non-oil revenue in the third quarter. ...



Saudi Arabia to impose 5% VAT on fuel from January 1

The standard Value Added Tax (VAT) of five per cent will be applied to purchasing petrol, Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) ...


Oil Supply

Analysis: Never Bet Against a Saudi Oil Minister

Don't be fooled by the apparent dithering of OPEC and friends over whether to extend their output restraint when they meet at the end of ...


Saudi Stock Market

Looking at Saudi Stocks? Forget Crude, Geopolitics Is King

Investors in Saudi Arabia’s stock market are more concerned with political headlines coming out of Riyadh than oil prices. ...


Saudi Foreign Reserves

Saudi foreign reserves cover imports for 4 years, 16 times world average

SAMA’s reserve assets include gold, special drawing rights, IMF reserves, foreign exchange and deposits abroad, as well as investments in securities abroad. ...



Saudi Arabia’s crown prince could turn to Credit Suisse next

It is against that background that two people close to the situation confirm the existence of deepening but secret talks between the Saudi government and ...



Saudi Arabia eyeing newest Russian aircraft

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Moscow on the supplies of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21 aircraft, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Politics ...


Counter Terrorism Training

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan to begin military exercises

He explained that the exercise is part of several training sessions carried out by the special security forces with some countries in the fight against ...



Saudi hotel market slows despite 1,300 keys added in Q3

Despite the opening of two branded hotels – Swiss Spirit and Centro Waha – adding another 370 keys, Riyadh’s hotel market saw a third consecutive ...



Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Gabriel comments

After a meeting in Berlin with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Gabriel told reporters that Europe “could not tolerate the adventurism that has spread there”. ...


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Arab League states condemn Hezbollah as ‘terrorist organization’

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran's growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the ...


Middle East Peace

Palestinians Threaten To Suspend Talks If U.S. Closes PLO Mission

The State Department says the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization must close under a little-known provision in U.S. law that forbids it from requesting ...


Nuclear Order

U.S. Military Chief Says He Would Reject ‘Illegal’ Trump Nuclear Strike Order

“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about ...


Oil Prices

Oil Holds Near $56 After Surging on Saudi Cut-Extension Plea

Oil held near $56 a barrel after surging the most in almost two weeks as Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said OPEC should announce an extension ...


Syria Civil War

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, another fighter, killed in Syria

A commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media ...



People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400

The auctions take place in a seemingly normal town in Libya filled with people leading regular lives. Children play in the street; people go to ...


Emaar Properties

Saudi Crackdown Sent Shivers Through Largest Middle East IPO

A Dubai property developer managed to pull off the Middle East’s largest initial share offering this year, but only after it was almost derailed by ...


Paris Climate Agreement

Commentary: Paris Pullout Shows How The US Is Shrugging Off Its Global Leadership

The United States is the world’s sole holdout from the Paris Climate Agreement, now that Syria has announced that it will sign on. As representatives ...


Engine Efficiency

Big Oil and Auto Makers Throw a Lifeline to the Combustion Engine

Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other oil companies are spending millions of dollars a year in concert with auto makers ...



Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds

The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to ...


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