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Issue 1153 - 26 August 2022

Oman: Maha sells stake in Mafraq field

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Sweden’s Maha Energy has sold a 35% stake in its exploration and production sharing agreement for onshore Block 70 to Oman's local Mafraq Energy.

Oman
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Italy’s Eni has made a 1-1.5 tcf gas discovery in Block 2 offshore Abu Dhabi. The find was made at the block’s first exploration well and followed an earlier find in a shallower part of the same well.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court advisor Ahmed Bin Abdelaziz Qattan has resumed his travels around Africa to elicit pledges of support for Riyadh’s bid to host the Expo 2030 fair.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1154 - 09 September 2022

IRGC Navy acquires another support ship

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp Navy (Nedsa) is readying its latest floating offshore support base for operational deployment.

Iran
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GSN Risk Grade: D4↓ Elections delayed: The election for the Kurdistan parliament is expected to be postponed by at least six months after the existing parliament failed to agree on the details of a new election bill. In a press conference in Erbil on 28 August, MP Yemen Hawrami said the remit of the exiting parliament – which was elected in 2018 for a four-year term – would be extended by six months.

Iraq
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Bahrain is heading into another election for its unicameral  parliament, the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab), amid calls by government critics to shun the event.There are doubts about the level of voter enthusiasm even without a formal boycott, with opposition parties such as Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and Waad (the National Democratic Action Society) still banned

Bahrain
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Abu Dhabi for talks with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at Qasr Al-Watan the following day. Bilateral agreements signed covered extradition, prisoner transfers, legal and judicial co-operation and a memorandum on cybersecurity.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The six-month-long truce in Yemen expired on 2 October, prompting fears of a return to clashes across all fronts. United Nations special envoy Hans Grundberg had been engaged in another round of shuttle diplomacy in the lead-up to the deadline. However, the eleventh-hour diplomacy by Grundberg failed to convince the two sides.

Yemen
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Diplomat Sayyid Nizar Al-Julanda Majid Al-Said has been named as Oman’s new ambassador to Italy, replacing Ahmed Salim Mohammed Ba’Omar.

Oman
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Tempers are fraying over the early-October decision by members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies in the Opec+ group to cut oil production. The most prominent members, Russia and Saudi Arabia, remain in a cosy alliance and western efforts to drive a wedge between Moscow and the Gulf countries have yet to show any returns. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi seem unfazed by any possible reputational risks, while they continue to sweat the global economy for revenues.

Issue 1163 - 10 February 2023

Oman hosts Iran-Ukraine drone talks

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At least two rounds of talks have been held between Iranian and Ukrainian officials in Oman, to discuss Tehran’s supply of armed drones to Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, according to GSN sources.

Iran | Oman
Issue 1163 - 10 February 2023

Gulf aid for Syria and Turkey

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Gulf countries have despatched search and rescue teams, medical equipment, temporary housing and other relief supplies to Turkey and Syria in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit in the early hours of 6 February. Qatar and the UAE were among the first to respond; flights left from Kuwait the following day. Aid has also been forthcoming from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Bahrain's Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa inaugurated the King Hamad American Mission Hospital (KHAMH) in Aali on 26 January, 120 years to the day since the first American Mission Hospital (AMH) was opened in Bahrain under the name Mason Memorial Hospital.

Bahrain
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Prominent UAE lawyer Essam Al-Tamimi is being sued in courts in Massachusetts and New York by a former business partner over claims of malicious prosecution, fraud, abuse of process and unjust enrichment.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1162 - 26 January 2023

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar visits Kuwait

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Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck visited Kuwait in January for what official Kuwaiti media described as a private visit but which the Bhutanese side called a royal visit. King Jigme Khesar previously visited Kuwait in February 2011. Bhutan has far more extensive links with Kuwait than with any other Gulf country.

Kuwait