Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

DOHA – Qatar’s emir named two women among his new appointment to the Gulf state’s advisory Shura Council on Thursday, after partial elections held for the first time earlier this month saw not one of the more than 20 women candidates a seat. In what was Qatar’s first legislative election, candidates competed for 30 of … More Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

Jordanian King Says He Has Nothing To Hide As Leaked Papers Cite His Wealth

PARIS, France – King Abdullah of Jordan said on Monday he had nothing to hide following leaks of financial documents that showed he used offshore accounts to buy expensive properties abroad. Earlier, a palace statement reacting to the leak of what major news outlets called a secret trove of documents about offshore finance, said the properties … More Jordanian King Says He Has Nothing To Hide As Leaked Papers Cite His Wealth

Saudi, UAE Leaders Hold Call Amid Rising Regional Rivalry

Abu Dhabi / UAE — The crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates discussed bilateral relations and other issues in a phone call, state media of the two countries said on Monday. Despite being close allies, economic competition between the Gulf neighbours has been laying bare differences as Riyadh tries to challenge … More Saudi, UAE Leaders Hold Call Amid Rising Regional Rivalry

Qatari Emir Receives Saudi Interior Minister

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al – Thani, Emir of Qatar, received on Monday Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Saud Bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister, at the Emiri Diwan in Doha, state news agency SPA reported. During the reception, they reviewed bilateral relations and the existing security cooperation between … More Qatari Emir Receives Saudi Interior Minister

Qatar Says Agreement Reached On Grant For Gaza Rebuilding, Opening Of Crossing

Dubai / UAE – – Qatar has reached an agreement on a grant for constructions in the Gaza Strip and the opening of crossing into the enclave, the state news agency QNA reported on Monday. Qatar end Egypt both promised funds to help rebuild the Palestinian territory, which is run by the Islamist Hamas group … More Qatar Says Agreement Reached On Grant For Gaza Rebuilding, Opening Of Crossing

U.K. Foreign Secretary To Discuss Afghanistan With Qatari Emir

London / U.K. – – British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will on Thursday visit Doha to discuss the situation in Afghanistan with Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al – Thani, Raab’s office said. ‘The prospects of getting Kabul airport up and running and safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans across land borders (are) … More U.K. Foreign Secretary To Discuss Afghanistan With Qatari Emir

U.S. Defense Secretary Thanks GCC Countries For Their Role In Afghanistan Evacuation

Milan / Italy – – The U.S. Secretary of Defense Loyd J. Austin III on Tuesday thanked members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for their roles in Afghanistan evacuation efforts, according to press releases In a phone call with United Arab Emirates ‘ Sheikh Mohammed bin  Zayed (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi), Secretary … More U.S. Defense Secretary Thanks GCC Countries For Their Role In Afghanistan Evacuation

Kuwait Seeks Investors To Finance Three Power Projects

Milan / Italy – Kuwait plans to attract outside investors to fund several power projects under a public – private partnership programme that will cover more than half of its future electricity over the next two decades, a government official said. About 7,500 megawatts (MW) of the 14,000 MW it needs over the next 20 … More Kuwait Seeks Investors To Finance Three Power Projects

Senior UAE Official Meets Qatar’s Emir In Rare Visit

Doha/Qatar – – A senior United Arab Emirates official held talks with Qatar’s emir in Doha on Thursday in the first such visit in four years following this year’s deal to end a bitter dispute. National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun  bin Zayed, a brother of the UAE’s de facto ruler, met Emir Sheikh Tamim bin … More Senior UAE Official Meets Qatar’s Emir In Rare Visit