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Issue 1148 - 01 June 2022

Kuwait: Emir returns home from Italy

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Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has returned to Kuwait following a private visit to Italy. In official photos of his return, the emir looked thin and appeared to rely on support from Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa is to seek a third term as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president when the post comes up for election in February 2023.

Bahrain
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Muscat and Tehran have revived long-discussed plans for a gas pipeline to deliver Iranian gas to Oman. A fresh commitment to the project was made by Iranian petroleum minister Javad Owji during a recent visit to the sultanate.

Iran | Oman
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A five-day exercise led by Saudi Arabian Western Fleet commander Rear Admiral Yahya Bin Mohammed Al-Asiri and involving Egyptian, Djiboutian, Jordanian, Sudanese and Yemeni forces concluded in June.

Saudi Arabia | Jordan | Yemen
Issue 1149 - 17 June 2022

Biden’s July trip to Jeddah

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US President Joe Biden is to travel to Saudi Arabia on 15-16 July,  a significant development given his public criticism of the kingdom, to discuss Yemen, Iran, energy, food security and infrastructure issues with his hosts.

Saudi Arabia
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QatarEnergy’s selection of TotalEnergies as its first partner on the expansion of the North Field comes amid an intense period of upstream and midstream activity, with the region’s hydrocarbons heavyweights investing billions to ensure they remain world leaders in oil and gas production for decades to come.

Qatar
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GSN Risk Grade – B↓2. Offshore platform in once disputed waters: Kuwait appears to have completed a controversial offshore platform, which could reawaken a maritime border dispute with Iraq.

Kuwait
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Oman's energy and minerals minister Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Rumhi has retired from the job he held since December 1997, as part of a mini-reshuffle of the cabinet. There also have been some changes to governor positions.

Oman
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Former Bahraini ministers who lost out in a wide-ranging government reshuffle, including several members of the ruling Al-Khalifa family, have been appointed to new roles, in a series of royal orders issued by King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

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Iran has submitted an application to join the group of five major emerging economies –Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – known as the Brics.

Iran
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Dubai can be almost all things to men and women – the regional commercial hub that became a glitzy global city sucks in money and talent, not all of it legal but much of it dynamic. With a small team of close aides and the enthusiastic approval of international corporations who needed a secure and open environment in the region, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) has ruthlessly driven the development of his emirate to become an expression of globalised business ambitions, grafted onto a small and generally far more conservative local population.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1151 - 12 July 2022

Chechen leader Kadyrov performs Hajj

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Chechen Republic President Ramzan Kadyrov – a controversial figure who has been heavily involved in the Ukraine war, fighting as part of Russia’s invasion force – arrived in Saudi Arabia's Medina on July to perform Hajj rituals.

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Qatari prime minister and interior minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Bin Abdelaziz Al-Thani hosted US Department of Homeland Security undersecretary for policy Robert Silvers in Doha, to discuss shared security priorities, including arrangements for the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on 21 November.

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Kuwait is spending an estimated $397m on advanced weaponry for its controversial Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.

Kuwait
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A key mediator, Iraqi foreign minister Fuad Hussein, has said his Iranian and Saudi counterparts will soon meet in Baghdad for the highest-level public meeting between Tehran and Riyadh following five rounds of talks between their officials.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Iraq