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Iraq under pressure after far exceeding Opec quotas

Iraq’s oil sector resurgence has drawn fire from fellow Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) members for eroding quota discipline and pushing prices down. A fall in Saudi supply following the attack on Abqaiq may give Baghdad...

Iran: Regional tensions and local tragedies

Gulf shipping: Tehran is widely believed to have been behind a series of attacks on shipping in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, although it has denied any involvement. The UAE was notably reticent to blame Iran and surprised observers by...

Iran: Military delegation to China

Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri led a military delegation to China on 11 September, following an invitation from the Central Military Commission’s chief of the joint staff Li Zuocheng. Baqeri held talks with Li...

Border dispute: Issue raised at the UN

Kuwait and Iraq have both turned to the United Nations over a lingering maritime border dispute that has become inflamed over a decision by Kuwait to build a new platform. Iraq wrote to the UN Security Council on 7 August to complain about the...

Salman Bin Hamad: White House visit for crown prince

Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa met President Donald Trump at the White House on 17 September. Trump offered fulsome support, saying “our relationship has never been stronger than it is right now”. The talks focused on security and trade...

Bahrain: Tribal, Saudi and US alliances, but problem over Palestine

Tribal allegiance: Some 190 Bahraini tribes and families issued statements condemning Qatar and stressing their allegiance to King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, in a co-ordinated campaign that began after Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network aired a...

Bahrain: Leadership change at EDB

Economic Development Board (EDB) board member Khalid Humaidan has been promoted to become its new chief executive. Humaidan is a former head of global markets Middle East and Africa at BNP Paribas and also sits on the board of Bahrain Mumtalakat...

Arab League: Foreign ministers meet in Cairo

A meeting of foreign ministers from the League of Arab States was held in Cairo on 10 September, under the chairmanship of Iraqi foreign minister Mohammed Ali Hakeem. In his opening speech, Hakeem urged support for the new Sudanese government and...

Southern Yemen fighting gives Houthis room for manoeuvre

Rising tensions between the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and southern secessionists are distracting from the war against Houthis across northern Yemen. Analysts suggest that, if the conflict between the Southern Transitional...

UAE: Doubts about Somaliland military base, Horn engagement

There are fresh questions about plans by Abu Dhabi to develop a military airport at Berbera, Somaliland, after the semi-autonomous territory’s President Muse Bihi Abdi said in a televised speech on 14 September that it would now be an exclusively...


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