Saudi to offer first direct flights to Iraq in 27 years

Saudi to offer first direct flights to Iraq in 27 years

by WorldTribune Staff, October 12, 2017 The Saudi budget airline Flynas said on Oct. 11 that it will in the coming weeks offer direct flights to several Iraqi cities. There have been no flights between Saudi Arabia and Iraq since former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Flynas, which launched as Nas Air […]

U.S. approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

U.S. approves $15 billion sale of THAAD missile system to Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Pentagon says the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of the advanced THAAD missile-defense system to Saudi Arabia for $15 billion, citing Iran among threats in the Middle East. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in an October 6 statement that it […]

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

Saudi King heads to Russia to talk oil, Syria, Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, October 5, 2017 In the first ever visit to Moscow by a reigning Saudi monarch, King Salman is expected to prioritize oil cooperation but will also discuss differences with Russia over Syria and Iran. The King, who arrives in Moscow on Oct. 5, will have several investment deals on his plate, including […]

Saudi crown prince said to have ‘secret’ meeting with Israeli officials

Saudi crown prince said to have ‘secret’ meeting with Israeli officials

by WorldTribune Staff, September 14, 2017 A senior member of the Saudi royal family held high-level talks with Israeli officials during a secret trip to the Jewish state last week, a reports said. “A prince from the Royal Court visited the country in secret over the past few days and discussed the idea of pushing […]

Saudi ‘ready to work together’ with Trump to contain Iran’s ‘expansionist policies’

Saudi ‘ready to work together’ with Trump to contain Iran’s ‘expansionist policies’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 8, 2017 Saudi Arabia is prepared to work with the Trump administration to contain “Iranian actions and expansionist policies,” Riyadh’s new ambassador to the United States said. Prince Khaled bin Salman said he has seen “huge improvement in Saudi-U.S. relations under this administration.” President Donald Trump “is determined to work with […]

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Sadr invited to Saudi Arabia for rare visit, talks

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Sadr invited to Saudi Arabia for rare visit, talks

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Prominent Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia, meeting with the crown prince and other officials, Saudi state media report. The Saudi Press Agency on July 30 said Sadr met with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in the Red Sea […]

Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so often about tight U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia that we forget the Saudis kicked out the last U.S. troops in the early 2000’s. Seems they regarded the U.S. presence as an affront to Islam more than a decade after U.S. forces drove Saddam Hussein’s […]

Qatar responds after Gulf states extended deadline to comply with demands

Qatar responds after Gulf states extended deadline to comply with demands

by WorldTribune Staff, July 3, 2017 Four Arab states who severed diplomatic ties with Qatar last month agreed to extend their deadline for Qatar to comply with their list of demands for ending the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on July 2 agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend […]

Busted: OPEC’s crisis diplomacy fails as shale oil revolution booms

Busted: OPEC’s crisis diplomacy fails as shale oil revolution booms

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2017 OPEC’s oil producer club “is facing a crisis of old age,” an industry analyst said. OPEC “is falling apart internally, confounded by the world and increasingly irrelevant,” according to Julian Lee, a senior analyst at the Center for Global Energy Studies. The two main areas where OPEC has failed […]

Arab states give Qatar deadline and list of demands: Shutter Al Jazeera …

Arab states give Qatar deadline and list of demands: Shutter Al Jazeera …

by WorldTribune Staff, June 23, 2017 Four Arab states which have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar have delivered a list of demands the Gulf state must comply with in order to end the current crisis. The demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain delivered to Qatar include shutting down Al Jazeera […]

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