Category: Arabia

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US approves proposed $1bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved a possible arms sale to Saudi Arabia worth more than $1bn. The package includes a $670m deal for 6,600 TOW anti-missile tanks, a $106m contract for helicopter maintenance and $300m spare parts for military vehicles, the department said in a statement on Thursday. “This proposed sale will support US…

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AIPAC speakers reward Saudi Arabia and UAE management

Washington, DC – The chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the US has urged the pro-Israel lobbying group, AIPAC, to support Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leadership of the United Arab Emirates. Stephen Greenberg told the annual conference, under way here in the US capital, on Monday that…

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Lebanon’s Saad Hariri accepts invitation to seek the advice of with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has extended an official invitation to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in what would be his first visit since his rescinded resignation from Riyadh in November.   Saudi envoy Nizar al-Aloula, who is on a four-day visit to Lebanon, delivered the invitation in a meeting with Hariri on Monday. The latter described the talks…

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Indonesian formative years: Saudi Arabia has ‘politicised’ Hajj

Depok, Indonesia – Saudi Arabia has “politicised” access to the Hajj, according to organisers of a Muslim youth conference in Indonesia. Ziyad Abdul Malik, chairman of the Muslim Students Association’s (HMI) branch in South Jakarta, lambasted the kingdom for using the pilgrimage to Mecca, considered Islam’s holiest city, to impose its policies on other Gulf…

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Billionaire Sabih al-Masri detained in Saudi Arabia

Palestinian billionaire businessman Sabih al-Masri has been detained in Saudi Arabia on a business trip to Riyadh, his family confirmed to Reuters news agency. The 80-year-old founder of Zara Investment Holding and chairman of Arab Bank was held in the Saudi capital for questioning last week about “information related to corruption”, according to Rai al-Youm.…

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ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the “quantity and quality” of the group’s armaments, a new report alleges. The number of weapons goes “far beyond those that would have been available through battle capture alone”, according to the study by…

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Uncertainty shrouds Canadian fingers sales to Saudi Arabia

Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government over an “historic” $12bn-arms deal to Saudi Arabia, with legal experts and human rights watchdogs expressing outrage and calling for its cancellation. Signed in 2014 by the previous government, which was then led by the Conservative Party, the deal is meant to send nearly $12bn (15bn Canadian dollars)…

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Anger over Greek thought to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

Athens, Greece – A political dispute in Greece over a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia is deepening, with opposition politicians and critics decrying plans to sell 66m euros ($78.7m) worth of surplus missiles and bombs to the Arab Gulf country.  Opposition politicians have accused the government, which is currently headed by the leftist Syriza…

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US warns citizens in opposition to travelling to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has cautioned its citizens “to carefully consider” travelling to Saudi Arabia, citing persisting terrorist threats and a spillover of violence from Yemen across the border. The travel warning, issued on Tuesday, warned of the threat of ballistic missiles fired by rebel groups from Yemen into the kingdom. “In the past year,…