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Issue 1170 - 29 May 2023

Manama returns ambassador to Beirut

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Bahrain said it would send an ambassador back to Lebanon, after a break of some 19 months. Manama had withdrawn its envoy in October 2021, in response to comments by Lebanese information minister George Kordahi in which he was highly critical of the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Bahrain
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The UAE government said it was changing the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation to the simpler Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). No reason was given for the name change. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Saudi Arabia's Al-Baha governor Prince Hussam Bin Saud Bin Abdelaziz is likely to be served with a bankruptcy petition from Kuwait's Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain or MTC) through his legal representatives Millbank Solicitors, after the High Court in London ruled that the telco had "a good arguable case" that the Saudi prince had a place of residence in the UK during the relevant period.

Saudi Arabia
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American University of Sharjah (AUS) president Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al-Qassimi has urged governments and technology firms to do more to include women in policymaking, in a speech at the Women in Tech Global Summit in Paris.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Canada and Saudi Arabia announced that they had agreed to resume full diplomatic relations and appoint ambassadors to each other’s capitals. The move followed discussions between Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of last November’s Apec forum in Bangkok.

Saudi Arabia
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Princess Sara Bint Mashour Bin Abdelaziz, wife of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), launched an education centre for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and maths, in a rare public outing for the 'first lady'.

Saudi Arabia
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Iran has appointed Alireza Enayati as its ambassador to Saudi Arabia, following the China-brokered rapprochement between the two Gulf powers in March. Enayati previously served as ambassador to Kuwait, from 2014 to 2019.

Iran | Saudi Arabia
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Ajman Ruler Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi travelled to Dubai to offer condolences on the death of his sister-in-law Sheikha Mozah Bint Zayed Bin Saqr Al-Nahyan. Other members of Ajman’s ruling family also made the trip. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Iran released Frenchman Benjamin Briere and French/Irish national Bernard Phelan from prison, describing it as a goodwill gesture. But it executed Swedish-Iranian national Habib Chaab, drawing condemnation from the EU.

Iran
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UAE Football Association President Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al-Nuaimi resigned from his position on the federation’s board of directors. He is also chairman of Ajman's Municipality and Planning Department.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company is seeking compensation from former chairman Sheikh Nasser Bin Ali Bin Saud Al-Thani "for his responsibility for the mistakes he made" while in charge of the business.

Qatar
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Dubai-based Emirates group reported record results, with an 81% increase in revenues to AED119.8bn ($32.6bn) for the 12 months to end-March 2023 and a record annual profit of AED10.9bn. The airline contributed almost all of the group’s profits.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority chair Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced the birth of her second daughter, Sheikha Hind Bint Faisal, in a post on her Instagram account.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Former Italian foreign affairs minister Luigi di Maio was named as the European Union’s special representative for the Gulf region. Critics have questioned his suitability for the role, given the difficulties in Italian-Gulf relations when he was foreign minister.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Rashed Al-Makhawi, a former UAE ambassador to Germany, has lost a case in London's High Court in which Emirates NBD bank was seeking to enforce a $57.5m judgement against him made by the Dubai courts.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)