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Qatar and the UAE used Kuwait’s National Day on 25 February as the moment to name two roads after the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died in September 2020.

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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The National Museum is setting up a new section dedicated to the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, giving an account of his life and featuring a number of items donated by his successor Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said.

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Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi sparked a round of diplomatic protests between Iran and Turkey, after telling the Kurdish Rûdaw news agency that Ankara should end its military intervention in Iraq. “Turkish forces should not pose a threat or violate Iraqi soil,” Masjedi said in late February.

Iran | Iraq
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Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan requested budget support from the UAE, either as a grant or a soft loan, during a 19-22 February visit to Abu Dhabi, accompanied by foreign affairs and tourism minister Sylvestre Radegonde. Ramkalawan was last in Abu Dhabi only in December.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1121 - 04 March 2021

Qatar: South Asian LNG deals line up

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Qatargas Operating Company announced on 28 February it had delivered its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to the Ennore LNG receiving terminal, in Kamarajar Port, some 40km from Chennai in southern India. The 147,000m3 cargo was delivered by the Al-Nuaman Q-Flex vessel to the 5m t/yr terminal’s operator, Indian Oil Corporation subsidiary Indian Oil LNG Private. In February 2019, Qatargas helped to commission the Ennore terminal by supplying LNG via Swiss-based trader Gunvor.

Qatar
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Fujairah Ruler Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Sharqi has laid claim to a cargo of crude oil seized by the United States, which alleges it came from Iran.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1122 - 18 March 2021

Iraq: Kurdistan payments improve

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There have been further oil and arrears payments by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to international oil companies (IOCs) in recent days, according to announcements by London-listed Genel Energy, and Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP), and Oslo Stock Exchange-listed DNO ASA. Data for January sales were published by Genel, which said it had received its share of payments for the month from Tawke ($10.9m plus an override payment of $6.5m), Taq Taq ($2.6m) and Sarta ($1.5m), plus a receivable recovery payment of $2.4m for unpaid invoices from 2019-20.

Iraq
Issue 1122 - 19 March 2021

Emir Nawaf’s medical trip to Ukraine

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Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah continues to struggle with poor health after an emergency trip to New York for medical treatment earlier this month. Accompanied by Kuwait’s top gastroenterologist, Dr. Fahad Al-Ibraheem, the ruler was sent for tests related to the long-term impact of his stomach cancer. Sheikh Nawaf has for years struggled with the ailment.  

Kuwait
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Dubai Crown Prince and Dubai Executive Council chairman Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum attended the ceremony for the 21st batch of graduates from the Rashid Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum Naval College in Al-Taweelah, Abu Dhabi on 9 March, posing for a photo with the graduating officers.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The corruption case against former prime minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, former defence minister Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah and four other senior officials is set to start on 14 April in the Ministerial Court. The court’s Investigative Committee, which is responsible for prosecuting high-ranked members of the ruling family, has demanded they be punished for mismanagement of government funds at the Ministry of Defence.

Kuwait
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In a royal decree on March 30, King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa appointed Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma as Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, following the Abraham Accords signed in September.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel
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Syria’s foreign affairs and expatriates minister Faisal Mekdad was in Muscat on 21 March for talks with officials including Royal Office minister General Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuamani, foreign minister Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al-Busaidi and deputy prime minister for international relations and co-operation Sayyid Asaad Bin Tariq Al-Said.

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Dubai Holding has signed an agreement with Itochu Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Inova, Besix Group and Tech Group to develop an energy-from-waste facility, which will process up to 45% of Dubai’s current level of municipal waste.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The apparent involvement of Bassem Awadallah in the alleged plot to overthrow King Abdullah II signals the fall of a Palestinian Jordanian (born in Jerusalem in 1964) who flew high in Hashemite politics and later cultivated the senior Saudi leadership.

Saudi Arabia | Jordan
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The northern peninsula continues to be a focus for policy-makers in Muscat, not least due to the perceived risk of outside interference and a small separatist movement. The isolated region is getting long-awaited infrastructure spending by the Omani government – and has also attracted the attention of a Texan oil company.

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