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King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa says there is “no reason to delay” the restoration of diplomatic relations with Tehran, some eight years after they were severed, while Iran’s acting president has invited Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to visit, in a further sign of Tehran’s efforts to improve relations with its Arab neighbours.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain
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Despite a $10m US bounty on his head, Sirajuddin Haqqani held talks with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi during what is believed to be the Afghan interior minister’s first trip abroad since the Taliban seized control in 2021.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Prominent go-between: Qatar has emerged as a major player in regional conflicts – making itself very useful to a wide range of partners by acting as an interlocuter between various Islamist movements and western governments in crises from Afghanistan to Gaza.

Qatar
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Revised June 2024, this map illustrates Qatar's oil and gas infrastructure as well as municipality populations and their respective mayors.  The locations of onshore and offshore oil and gas fields and pipelines are marked alongside associated infrastructure including oil refineries, gas processing plants, tanker terminals and LNG facilities. The map is available as a PDF file using eps graphics, meaning that there is no loss of resolution as the file is enlarged.  

Qatar
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Abu Dhabi Deputy Ruler Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan held talks with US national security advisor Jake Sullivan and former president Barack Obama in Washington on 5 June, before travelling to Seattle to meet senior Microsoft figures.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Iraqi Kurdistan could finally go to the polls in September after the Kurdistan Democratic Party reportedly lifted its boycott of the regional parliamentary election.

Iraq
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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman postponed a visit to Japan at the last minute due to concerns around King Salman’s health, but then sought to reassure the public about his father’s condition at the weekly cabinet meeting.

Saudi Arabia
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Prince Turki Bin Miqrin is reportedly set to take delivery of the world’s largest sportfishing yacht, the $70m, 52-metre Special One, which is undergoing sea trials in the North Sea.

Saudi Arabia
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Two months after Majles-e Khobregan-e Rahbari (Assembly of Experts) elections, 93 year-old Mohammad Movahedi Kermani has been named to lead the sometimes influential body.

Iran
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Kuwait's new heir apparent Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah is the first person from the ruling family’s Hamad branch to be named crown prince, ending the duopoly of the Jaber and Salem branches.

Kuwait
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Faisal Bin Saud Al-Mujfel has been named as Saudi Arabia’s envoy to Damascus as formal diplomatic ties are slowly restored, but wider relations with GCC countries continue to be undermined by the flow of illegal drugs to the Gulf from regime-held areas in Syria.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Saudia placed an order for 105 Airbus planes during the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, where local conglomerate AHQ Group signed an MoU with Brazil’s Embraer to review the potential launch of a new airline in the region.

Saudi Arabia
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PTT Exploration and Production has bought its 10% stake in the offshore concession from Germany’s Wintershall Dea, which now plans to close all its operations in the UAE.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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More than 80 men and women registered to stand in the Iranian presidential election being held later this month, but the number actually allowed to compete is likely to be in the single figures once the Guardian Council vets all the prospective candidates. Unlike the last election in 2021, there appears to be a chance that some moderate figures will be allowed to run on 28 June.

Iran
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GSN’s new series profiling Qatar’s Al-Thanis and the emirate’s current ruling group naturally starts with Emir Sheikh Tamim, who in the past decade has charted a course through sometimes difficult waters to make Doha an apparently indispensable energy supplier and diplomatic partner for a wide variety of states.

Qatar