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Prince Muhammad: It is Time for Reflection

By R Ahmad While courtiers must be suggesting Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to celebrate, his ascent to virtual throne of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), there will be little or no appetite for any saner voice calling for caution or prudence. However, one would hope …

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Iran’s supreme leader urges formation of policy on Kashmir

TEHRAN-UNS- Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has urged Iranian judiciary to pursue issues like occupied Kashmir legally and adopt official position on such international issues. In a meeting with Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and other government officials, the Iranian Supreme Leader …

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Qatar: Role of small states in international relations

By James M. Dorsey A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbours is a case study of the place of small states in international relations that is unfolding as a Saudi-UAE-led alliance prepares to tighten the noose around the Gulf state’s …

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King Salman cancels visit to G20 summit in Germany

BERLIN -UNS : King Salman of Saudi Arabia has cancelled attendance at this week´s G20 summit in Hamburg, the German government said Monday, as Riyadh is engaged in a diplomatic standoff with Qatar. “The government has received official notification that King Salman will not travel …

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Qatar officially responds to demands after deadline extended

KUWAIT CITY -UNS : Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances. Details of the response were not immediately available, but a Gulf …

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Qatar is given a further 48 hours to agree to demands

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands or face further sanctions by 48 hours. The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group’s 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al …

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Minister says Qatar to comply with new US airline security measures

Qatar will comply with enhanced security measures for flights to the United States designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops, the country’s minister of transport said on Friday. The measures, which European and US officials said on Wednesday would begin taking effect within …

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Suicide bomber killed in foiled Makkah plot to attack Grand Mosque: Saudi state media

Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes. The Interior Ministry said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including …

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending …

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Gulf Crisis- Way Forward for Pakistan

By U.K. Dar Pakistan had always enjoyed cordial relations with countries in the Gulf. Pakistan had helped the brotherly countries in developing their defense capabilities. But the Gulf countries have not shown any favors to Pakistan when compared with India. Pakistan always expected that Gulf …

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