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Why the Saudis Are Reaching Out to Iran

By Eli Lake, Source: Bloomberg Late last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered an olive branch to his country’s main adversary. Speaking on Saudi television, the kingdom’s de facto ruler said he seeks “to have…
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Israel detains more Palestinian citizens as arrest campaign enters second week

On Monday, Israeli police arrested more than six Palestinian citizens of Israel, the latest round up in a campaign that has seen 1,700 Palestinians picked up since early May, according to a committee monitoring the situation. Six people were…
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Iraq, Iran discuss ways to improve economic ties

Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi went to Iran on top of a high-ranking delegation over discussions with senior Iranian officials to talk about ways of increasing economic relations amid the two neighbors. Allawi gathered with Iranian…
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Saudi Fund for Development Signs $10M Deal With National Bank of Iraq

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) announced signing a finance agreement with the National Bank of Iraq (NBI) to provide SAR37.5 million ($10 million) in credit facilities to Iraqi investors willing to import products and services from Saudi…
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The UK’s new legal battle over the Saudi arms trade

On 22 April 2021, as part of a legal battle over arms control in the UK, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) was granted permission to bring a challenge to the High Court against the government for a second time. CAAT's first case began…
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‘Key issues’ unresolved in nuclear deal discussions but progress made, Iran spokesman says

Though progress has been made and negotiations are not in a stalemate, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said key issues remain unresolved in the country’s discussions to return to the conditions of the 2015 nuclear deal. Foreign Ministry…
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Iran Talks With Saudi Arabia on Restoring Relations Continue in ‘Good Atmosphere’

Last month, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran and Saudi Arabia, “as two important countries in the region and the Muslim world,” had a chance to open a “new chapter of interaction and cooperation”. Tehran is continuing…