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Iran has cancelled a preliminary agreement with France’s Bouygues to expand Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran, after the French group apparently had difficulty securing backing from international banks. It is the latest sign that US sanctions continue to hamper international businesses wanting to work in Iran. IKIA Airport City Company managing director Mahmoud Navidi told local media the arrangement had been cancelled three or four months ago. Some discussions are ongoing, said a Bouygues spokesman quoted by Reuters.

Iran
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There were broad smiles around the Majles-e Showra-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly or parliament) chamber as President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran had reached ‘implementation day’ for the nuclear deal – earlier than the US and most of the P5+1 partners had believed likely – and sanctions would be lifted. Analysts said the Rouhani administration had accelerated decommissioning work at Arak to ensure sanctions were lifted before 26 February elections for the Majles-e Showra and Majles-e Khobregan (Assembly of Experts).

Iran
Issue 1026 - 17 November 2016

Saudi Arabia: US talks

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US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, was in Riyadh on 8-9 November for talks on tackling violent extremism. He met King Salman Bin Abdelaziz, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, national guard minister Prince Mitab Bin Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz and chief of defence staff General Abdelrahman Bin Saleh Al-Banyan. It was Dunford’s first trip to the kingdom as chairman. From Riyadh he travelled on to Iraq.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1041 - 21 July 2017

Bahrain: Lockheed ATP order

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On 10 July, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced the BDF had agreed to buy sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP) for its F-16 fleet in a contract worth $22.5m. ATP can detect, identify, track and target small objects at long distances and work with laser and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets.

Bahrain
Issue 1045 - 06 October 2017

NGOs: Guéhenno to leave from ICG

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno is stepping down at end-2017 after three years as International Crisis Group president and chief executive, ICG said on 5 September. The Brussels-based group’s vice president for policy Robert Malley will serve as acting president from 1 January. Between spells at ICG, Malley was special assistant to former US president Barack Obama, holding several regionally focused roles in the White House. A former French diplomat and United Nations under secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Guéhenno in September was appointed to the new UN High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

Issue 1045 - 06 October 2017

Iran: Ballistic missile unveiled

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Tehran paraded the latest addition to its missile arsenal on 22 September, during a military parade held to mark the 37th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the ‘sacred defence’ in Iran. The Khorramshahr ballistic missile has a range of 2,000km and is deployed with the aerospace force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), according to official news agencies.

Iran
Issue 1030 - 27 January 2017

MOHAMED BIN ZAYED: India visit

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) arrived in New Delhi on 24 January for an official visit. He was received at the airport by prime minister Narendra Modi; the two went on to hold talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The following day. MBZ paid his respects at the Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. MBZ’s delegation included deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and chief of the crown prince’s court Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa hosted a dinner banquet in honour of Ibrahim Ibin Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of the Malaysian state of Johor, on 26 November. The meeting was attended by prime minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa. The Johor region has attracted significant investment from Gulf countries, although to date it has mainly come from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Bahrain
Issue 920 - 22 March 2012

SHEIKH MOHAMMED: Chinese visit

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will pay an official visit to China from 27-29 March

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1066 - 21 September 2018

Kuwait: Acquisition of North Sea gas assets

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The European Commission announced on 17 September that it had approved the Kuwait Investment Authority’s takeover of UK-based North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP) from ArcLight Capital Partners, after deciding that the deal posed no competition concerns. The value of the deal has been estimated at $1.7bn. NSMP owns a number of natural gas transportation and processing facilities in and around the North Sea, including gas processing plants at Teesside, England and St Fergus, Scotland as well as the Shetland Islands Regional Gas Evacuation System.

Kuwait
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The Turkish Air Force (THK)’s bombing of positions held by Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) in Iraq, which opened on 25 July, was welcomed by the United States and its allies in the conflict with the expansionist jihadist movement. Even more welcome was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approval for the US and allies to use Incirlik Air Base to bomb IS positions; this came after many months of lobbying to mobilise a facility that was pivotal in past Middle East wars but excluded by Ankara’s ambiguous attitude over the Syrian conflict.

Iraq
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Plans for a causeway linking Qatar and Bahrain remain dead in the water, despite hopes they might be revived before the 2022 soccer World Cup.

Bahrain | Qatar
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Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Sultan has made what is thought to be his second marriage, to a daughter of Prince Khalid Bin Musaid Bin Abdelrahman.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1030 - 27 January 2017

Chinese warships visit Gulf

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The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China’s 24th escort fleet is in the middle of a four-country tour of the Gulf. The fleet consists of guided-missile destroyer Harbin, missile frigate Handan and supply ship Dongpinghu. The fleet first called into Saudi Arabia, before moving on for a five-day spell in Doha from 21 January. It is due to call in to the UAE and Kuwait. On 20 January, the fleet carried out exercises to test its capabilities with search and rescue and inspecting suspect vessels.

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Any discussion of Saudi politics and business quickly turns to questions about the influence of Al-Saud princes and other key players in the royal pecking order, and who will succeed King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz. For those seeking to understand the trajectory of Saudi politics, there is meaning to be found (or, at least, sought) in appointments and dismissals. The naming of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as head of the court of his father Crown Prince Salman, for example, may shed a glimmer of light on what lies ahead for him and other ‘third-generation princes’, as they move closer to the pinnacles of power.

Saudi Arabia