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Saudi Arabia Asks Nations to Respond to Iran With ‘Firmness’

JIDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA —  Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Muslim nations to confront recent attacks in the region that the U.S. and its allies have blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.” Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a meeting of foreign ministers of the …

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Diplomatic Ballet Precedes Arab, Gulf and Islamic Summits

CAIRO, EGYPT —  Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Arakji, wound up a three-nation Gulf visit to Oman, Kuwait and Qatar just as U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton began a diplomatic visit to the United Arab Emirates. The diplomatic ballet comes just hours before Saudi Arabia convenes Arab, Islamic and …

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Turkish Official: Turkey Stopped Purchasing Iranian Oil as of May

Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May as U.S. waivers granted last November to eight buyers expired, and will continue to abide by Washington’s demand that it halt all imports of crude oil from the Islamic Republic, a senior Turkish official said on Wednesday. “We are not getting any …

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شامی حکومت پھر کیمیائی ہتھیار استعمال کر رہی ہے، امریکہ کو خدشہ

امریکہ نے کہا ہے کہ اسے ایسے اشارے ملے ہیں کہ صدر بشار الاسد کی حکومت شام میں بدستور کیمیائی ہتھیار استعمال کر رہی ہے۔ امریکی محکمۂ خارجہ نے خبردار کیا ہے کہ اگر یہ اطلاعات درست ثابت ہوئیں تو امریکہ اور اس کے اتحادی شامی حکومت کے خلاف فوری …

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سعودی عرب کا بیلسٹک میزائل مار گرانے کا دعویٰ

سعودی عرب نے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ اس نے یمن کے حوثی باغیوں کی جانب سے فائر کیے جانے والے دو بیلسٹک میزائل مار گرائے ہیں جن میں سے ایک کا نشانہ سعودی حکام کے مطابق مکہ تھا۔ تاہم ایران کے حمایت یافتہ حوثی باغیوں نے سعودی عرب کے اس …

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Pakistan on a Tightrope

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,176, May 19, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Pakistan risks falling off a tightrope as it attempts to balance its relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Recent developments – including the Baloch nationalist attack on a luxury hotel in the strategic port …

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Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran’s court

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for …

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Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of Ordering Drone Attack on Oil Pipeline

RIYADH —  Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister on Thursday accused Iran of ordering an attack on Saudi oil pumping stations that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia has claimed responsibility for. The attack “proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda,” tweeted Prince …

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US wants non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Erbil amid tensions with Iran

The US State Department on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil, as tensions mount between the United States and Iraq’s neighbour Iran. Washington has ramped up pressure on Tehran in recent days, accusing Tehran of planning “imminent” attacks in the region, …

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WhatsApp update advisory for UAE users

WhatsApp has urged its 1.5 billion users to upgrade the app after the Facebook-owned platform discovered a vulnerability that allowed a spyware to be installed on users’ phones via the app’s phone call function. The spyware was allegedly developed by a cyber intelligence company NSO Group, reports the Financial Times. …

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