Al-Shabaab Is Not Mining Uranium In Somalia To Sell To Iran

TEHRAN, IRAN – Cindy Vesterggard, a Senior Associate with the Nuclear Safeguards rejected a few conservative media outlets report on a letter by the Somali FM that Al-Shabaab was mining UOC for transport to Iran. Continue reading “Al-Shabaab Is Not Mining Uranium In Somalia To Sell To Iran”

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“Neutral” Somalia Finds Itself Engulfed In Saudi Arabia-Qatar Dispute

President Farmaajo withstood significant pressure in staying out of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar. But it may pay a cost for its neutrality.

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Saudi King Orders Reopening Of Qatar Border To Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. Continue reading “Saudi King Orders Reopening Of Qatar Border To Pilgrims”

Independent Kurdistan Won’t Be Against Interest Of Its Neighbors

By Manish Rai

Iraqi Kurdistan is standing on the verge of historic proposed referendum for its independence. In an exclusive interview with Manish Rai, editor Viewsaround. Kurdistan Foreign Minister Mr. Falah Mustafa said that independent Kurdistan will not be against the interest of its neighbors. Mr. Mustafa added Kurdistan will pursue the good neighborly relations based on mutual respect, understanding, and benefit. Following is the detailed interview of Kurdish Foreign Minister; Continue reading “Independent Kurdistan Won’t Be Against Interest Of Its Neighbors”

Qatar Ends Visa Requirements For 80 Nations, Calling Itself ‘Most Open’ In Region

“Qatar is now visa-free for over 80 countries around the world,” says Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker of state-owned Qatar Airways, as the small nation announced that it will issue waivers rather than visas — and won’t be charging for the service. Continue reading “Qatar Ends Visa Requirements For 80 Nations, Calling Itself ‘Most Open’ In Region”

UAE Restores Qatar’s BeIN Sports Network Back On Air

Providers and subscribers report reinstatement of BeIN channels in the UAE over a month after authorities banned it. Continue reading “UAE Restores Qatar’s BeIN Sports Network Back On Air”

Tillerson To Mediate Qatar Dispute Himself

After weeks of public statements and private phone calls with no apparent result, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to personally intervene in the ongoing Persian Gulf dispute that has threatened U.S. counterterrorism operations in the Middle East. Continue reading “Tillerson To Mediate Qatar Dispute Himself”

Exclusive: Energy Giants Court Qatar For Gas Expansion Role Despite Crisis

The West’s three biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbors. Continue reading “Exclusive: Energy Giants Court Qatar For Gas Expansion Role Despite Crisis”

Big Oil Is Backing Qatar’s Ambitious Natural Gas Expansion

The West’s three biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbors. Continue reading “Big Oil Is Backing Qatar’s Ambitious Natural Gas Expansion”

Turkey’s Erdogan Says Loyal To Qatar, Arab States’ Demands Unacceptable

President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, saying their demands against the tiny Gulf nation were unacceptable. Continue reading “Turkey’s Erdogan Says Loyal To Qatar, Arab States’ Demands Unacceptable”

Arab States Rap ‘Negative’ Qatari Reply To Demands But No New Sanctions

Cairo/London – Four Arab states refrained on Wednesday from slapping further sanctions on Qatar but voiced disappointment at its “negative” response to their demands and said their boycott of the tiny Gulf nation would continue. Continue reading “Arab States Rap ‘Negative’ Qatari Reply To Demands But No New Sanctions”

Mattis And Tillerson Are Trying To Sooth A Crisis In The Persian Gulf, But Trump Keeps Picking On A US Ally

By Christopher Woody

In early June, several Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia, cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar over its alleged funding of terrorist groups and intention of “destabilizing the region.” Continue reading “Mattis And Tillerson Are Trying To Sooth A Crisis In The Persian Gulf, But Trump Keeps Picking On A US Ally”

UN Calls Gulf States Demand That Qatar Shutter Al Jazeera An ‘Unacceptable Attack’ On Free Speech

Geneva (AFP) – The UN voiced outrage Friday at the demand from Gulf countries that Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera shut down, describing it as “an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion.” Continue reading “UN Calls Gulf States Demand That Qatar Shutter Al Jazeera An ‘Unacceptable Attack’ On Free Speech”

Riyadh-Led Ultimatum Threatens To ‘Make Qatar Vassal Of Saudi Arabia’

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have agreed to extend their ultimatum to Qatar for another 48 hours, following an urge to do so from Kuwait which is mediating the crisis. Continue reading “Riyadh-Led Ultimatum Threatens To ‘Make Qatar Vassal Of Saudi Arabia’”

Qatar Raises Gas Capacity Amid Gulf Dispute

Qatar announced on Tuesday it planned to raise liquefied natural gas (LNG) capacity by 30 percent in an apparent show of strength in its dispute with Gulf neighbors who have imposed political and economic sanctions on Doha. Continue reading “Qatar Raises Gas Capacity Amid Gulf Dispute”

Qatar Responds To The Demands Of Saudi Arabia And Its Allies

BEIRUT — Qatar delivered its official response Monday to 13 demands made by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states engaged in a blockade against their neighbor, as President Trump again weighed in on the regional dispute. Continue reading “Qatar Responds To The Demands Of Saudi Arabia And Its Allies”

UN Leashed

The UN has long been derided as little more than a talking shop. But that is not down to the UN itself, but rather, the powerful nations that seek to use it as a tool, argues Xiaochen Su. Continue reading “UN Leashed”

Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability In The Horn Of Africa

Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan Continue reading “Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability In The Horn Of Africa”

Qatar ‘Ready To Discuss, Won’t Compromise Sovereignty’

Foreign minister describes remarks by Saudi counterpart that Arab countries’ demands are non-negotiable as unhelpful. Continue reading “Qatar ‘Ready To Discuss, Won’t Compromise Sovereignty’”

Gulf Crisis Is Leading To Difficult Choices In The Horn Of Africa

Tensions between the Gulf states are pushing their neighbors and partners into choosing sides. Continue reading “Gulf Crisis Is Leading To Difficult Choices In The Horn Of Africa”