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Gulf leaders have been prominent interlocutors with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the days since an abortive mutiny by the Wagner Group mercenary force led by Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 1172 - 29 June 2023

Iran proposes regional forum with GCC

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Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said he received a favourable reception to the idea of forming a new dialogue forum with Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, following a series of meetings with his counterparts around the region in June.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 1172 - 20 June 2023

Doha and Abu Dhabi reopen embassies

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Qatar and the UAE reopened their embassies in each other's capitals on 19 June, saying it reflected their interest in strengthening bilateral relations. The decision also includes the reopening of Qatar’s consulate in Dubai.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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An Iranian naval commander has claimed GCC states are interested in joining a new coalition to patrol regional waters. Given the concerns in many capitals about recent Iranian seizures of oil tankers that seems unlikely to progress, but the UAE has recently pulled out of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces – seemingly due to unhappiness about the amount of support Washington is willing to give to its regional partners.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) became one of the first international leaders to visit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following his recent re-election.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Turkey
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His political affiliations in Qatar will be scrutinised thoroughly – although the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF)’s purchase of Newcastle United has set the bar low on whether a buyer is considered an arm of the state – but banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani seems to have emerged as the leading bidder for Manchester United Football Club, paying a possible $6bn.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was appointed to run Al-Ain Football Club Company. Al-Ain is the most successful football club in the UAE Pro League, having won 14 championship titles and numerous cup competitions.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The UAE took over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, promising to use its time in the chair to prioritise cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States; human fraternity; and the links between climate change and security.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were in Cape Town in early June, as part of an expanded meeting of the Brics group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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United States secretary of state Antony Blinken visited Riyadh for talks with senior Gulf Co-operation Council figures as well as Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council head Rashad Al-Alimi and Iraqi foreign minister Fuad Hussein.

Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1771 - 15 June 2023

UAE justice comes under UK scrutiny

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A cross-party group of British parliamentarians has launched an enquiry into the UAE's legal system and its treatment of foreign businesspeople.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi made an unusual visit to Oman on 13 June for talks with Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said at Al-Baraka Palace in Muscat. While Sheikh Saud occasionally represents the UAE at regional summits, he rarely makes official overseas trips on his own behalf.

Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Amid a waning consensus over strategy, the Opec+ meeting in Vienna in early June broke up with Saudi Arabia making a unilateral output cut of 1m b/d, reflecting Riyadh’s determination to shape market forces and bolster prices. The UAE was also handed a higher production quota, but several other members were left unhappy at an unwelcome squeeze on their future production.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secured a third term as Turkey's president in late May, despite significant weaknesses in the domestic economy and a stronger than usual opposition challenge. Gulf leaders quickly called to congratulate Erdoğan and the UAE president was one of the first to do so in person – a sign that, even if they are increasingly reluctant to write blank cheques, they are still keen to do business with a country with significant economic and military potential.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar | Turkey
Issue 1170 - 02 June 2023

UAE/Yemen: MBZ-Alimi meeting

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UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan hosted Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council chairman Rashad Al-Alimi at Qasr Al-Bahr in Abu Dhabi.

Yemen | United Arab Emirates (UAE)