NEWS | Pompeo To Have Closed – Door Meetings In Bahrain, UAE

DUBAI | United Arab Emirates – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold closed-door meetings Wednesday with Bahrain’s royal family and top officials in the United Arab Emirates amid the Trump administration’s push for Arab nations to recognize Israel.

Pompeo already traveled to Israel and Sudan on this trip through the Mideast, one that included him offering a recorded message in Jerusalem supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign for the Republican National Convention. The speech cast aside his own advice to American diplomats to be apolitical and bulldozed a long tradition of non – partisanship by previous secretaries of state.

In Manama, Pompeo tweeted that he met with Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Wednesday morning.

‘We discussed the importance of building regional peace and stability, including the importance of Gulf unity and countering Iran’s malign influence in the region’, Pompeo wrote.

His meeting with the crown prince comes after a U.S. – brokered deal announced Aug.13 saw the United Arab Emirates and Israel open diplomatic relations.

Bahrain, a small island nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, has a historic Jewish community. The kingdom has slowly encouraged ties to Israel, with two U.S. – based rabbis in 2017 saying King Hamad himself promoted the idea of ending the boycott of Israel by Arab nations. That boycott had been in place to offer Palestinians support in their efforts to form an independent state.

Bahrain is also home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet and remains a close security partner of the U.S. Pompeo arrived there Tuesday night and met Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, wearing an American-flag-colored face mask amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Later on Wednesday, Pompeo is expected in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the seven – sheikhdom federation of the UAE. There, he will speak with his Emirati counterpart and others.

TRAVEL | Saudi Interior Ministry To Announce Date Of Lifting Of Travel Restrictions

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said on Tuesday it will later announce a date of lifting restrictions on citizens traveling to and from the Kingdom. The Kingdom partially lifted a suspension of international flight on Sept.15, six months after travel restrictions were imposed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Saudi authorities had originally … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Interior Ministry To Announce Date Of Lifting Of Travel Restrictions

BUSINESS | Japan Nike Ad On Bullying, Racism Sparks Hot Online Response

MILAN – A video ad from Nike Japan against bullying and racism that features biracial athletes and other minorities, such as those of Korean descent, has prompted a sharp online response including calls to boycott the company. Japan has traditionally prided itself on being racially homogenous, although successful mixed – race athletes such as tennis … Continue reading BUSINESS | Japan Nike Ad On Bullying, Racism Sparks Hot Online Response

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulated President of UAE on National Day

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulation to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the anniversary of his  country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wished the … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulated President of UAE on National Day

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Romania’s President On National Day

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulation to President Klaus Iohannis of Romania on the anniversary of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wished the President constant good health and happiness … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Romania’s President On National Day

TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ranked 6th among the world safest travel destinations, in light of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and the only one in the Middle East. This come according to an article published on the Wego Travel Blog website, entitled ‘Safe Placed to Travel During Covid -19 Pandemic”. The classification was … Continue reading TRAVEL | Saudi Arabia Is Among 6 Safest Travel Destinations In World, In Light Of Covid-19 Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders et high hopes the U.S. President – elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solutions to the decades – old Arab – Israeli conflict, officials said. In a palace statement after meeting with Abbas in the Red Sea … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Jordan’s King Abdullah And Palestinian Leader Abbas Meet, Hope Biden Revives Peace Process

NEWS ALERT | Trump Senior Aide Kushner And Team Heading To Saudi Arabia, Qatar

White House senior advise Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Trump Senior Aide Kushner And Team Heading To Saudi Arabia, Qatar

NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. The Council said in a statement that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risk. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | France Must Review COVID-19 Crowd Limits On Church Attendance

LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

RIYADH – – Across town one ice rink has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital, but some Moscow residents took to the ice late on Friday as the city’s biggest outdoor rink opened for winter during the pandemic. The rink in the Soviet – era VDNKh amusement park in northern Moscow opened its doors despite … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Moscow Opens Its Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink For Winter Amid Pandemic

NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

MILAN – Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a phone call on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Jawad Zarif, a ministry statement said. Al-Thani extended Qatar’s condolences to the government and the people of Iran and called for self-restraint following Friday’s killing which … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Qatar Condemns Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist – Statement

SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

Seven – times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix with a record lap in Saturday’s qualifying session, ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas who completed a front – row lockout for Mercedes. The Briton lapped the 5.4 – kilometre floodlit Sakhir desert track in one minute 27, 264 seconds, … Continue reading SPORTS | Hamilton Puts In Record Lap To Take Bahrain Pole

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