Protests mark 10th anniversary of Bahrain uprising

Small and sporadic demonstrations took place in Bahrain on Sunday amid a hefty police presence, marking 10 years since the Gulf nation’s Arab Spring-inspired uprising. On February 14, 2011, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demand an elected government and other reforms, briefly threatening the monarchy’s grip on power, before a […]

Netanyahu postpones UAE, Bahrain trip due to COVID lockdown

Israel closed its airport to virtually all air traffic last month in a bid to halt the arrival of new COVID variants. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will postpone a trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain planned for next week due to Israel’s COVID-19 lockdown. “Despite the importance of the trip […]

Trump went around Palestinians to get UAE, Bahrain, Israel accord

Former Trump adviser says strategy was to bypass Palestinians, isolate Iran and build political capital with Gulf states. The Trump administration decided to go around the Palestinians to forge normalisation agreements last year between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, a former Trump official said. Robert O’Brien, national security adviser to former President Donald […]

Bahrain approves AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccine

The jab is the third granted emergency use in the Gulf country after China’s Sinopharm and Pfizer/BioNtech. Bahrain has granted emergency approval for the use of a coronavirus vaccine produced by the UK’s AstraZeneca drug company in collaboration with Oxford University. The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) approved the vaccine on Monday, according to Bahrain’s […]

Europe MPs express concern about human rights in Bahrain

More than a dozen European lawmakers issue letter to demand Gulf nation uphold commitment to human rights. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have issued a letter urging Bahraini authorities to abide by the country’s commitment and release prisoners of conscience. In an open letter addressed to the bloc’s foreign policy chief ahead of a […]

Major security partners: US hails Bahrain, UAE after Israel deal

White House statement ties designation to normalisation deal with Israel, saying it reflected ‘extraordinary courage’. The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners” on Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations. Separately, President Donald Trump received Morocco’s highest honour on Friday […]

Timeline: How the Arab Spring unfolded 10 years ago

On January 14, 2011, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after weeks of protests, ending his 24-year rule. What began as a protest by Mohamed Bouazizi – a fruit vendor who set himself on fire – the month before, sparked the period of unrest that unseated Ben Ali. Protests and uprising were […]

Qatar-GCC agreement: A victory for measured diplomacy

On January 5, during a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia, Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement to end a three-and-a-half-year-long blockade against Qatar. The news generated great excitement among people in Qatar, who have long been eager to reunite with their extended families living in other Gulf states and resume […]

Transcript: Closing statement of 41st GCC summit

Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The announcement was made at the Gulf Arab leaders meeting in Saudi Arabia, with the annual summit taking place amid a breakthrough in the dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar that […]

Can Qatar and its neighbours recover from the blockade?

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Gulf reconciliation agreement: What we know so far

In return for ending the 3-year blockade, Doha will freeze legal action against the quartet at international institutions, sources familiar with the agreement say. The Arab nations that blockaded Qatar for more than three years have lifted the boycott against its Gulf neighbour and Doha in response froze all state-related legal action against the countries, […]

‘Welcome development’: Reaction to the Qatar-GCC agreement

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt among those praising the Al-Ula declaration which restored all ties between the blockading nations and Qatar. The Saudi foreign minister has said Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies agree to restore full ties with Qatar. His remarks came after Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement in Saudi Arabia […]

Saudi FM: Full ties restored between Qatar and blockading nations

Gulf leaders signed a ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift at a GCC summit in Saudi Arabia. Full relations would resume between Qatar and the four nations that had been boycotting it for the past three and a half years, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab […]

Missing trust: Qataris give cautious welcome to GCC agreement

An agreement signed by Gulf Arab leaders aimed at resolving the Gulf crisis has been cautiously welcomed by Qatari nationals on Tuesday. Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia, the dialogue taking place amid a breakthrough in the dispute that started […]

Gulf states sign ‘solidarity and stability’ deal at GCC summit

BREAKING The leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running GCC crisis. Gulf leaders have signed a ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement to end their three-year diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia, Saudi crown prince said. The leaders are meeting in Saudi […]

GCC leaders meet in Saudi Arabia amid Gulf crisis thaw: Live news

Qatari emir to attend Gulf bloc’s 41st session amid a thaw in relations between Doha and a blockading quartet. Gulf leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar. Saudi Arabia on Monday announced the reopening of land borders […]

Explainer: What will happen at the 41st GCC summit?

The 41st annual six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit is expected to herald in a new chapter of revised relations and a preliminary end to the Gulf crisis following Saudi Arabia’s reopening of its land border with Qatar. The summit, which will take place on Tuesday in the northwestern Saudi city of Al-Ula, comes during […]

‘Important step’: Reaction to Saudi-Qatar border opening

Officials in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey among first to welcome the move to reopen borders with Qatar. Saudi Arabia has reopened its land border with Qatar and Kuwait’s foreign minister has said the kingdom’s airspace and sea border will open, too, before the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit that is set to take place in […]

Saudi Arabia to ‘reopen border with Qatar’: Live news

Announcement by Kuwait, on the eve of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, could pave the way towards resolving the GCC crisis. Saudi Arabia will reopen its airspace and land and sea border with Qatar as of Monday, Kuwait’s foreign minister said. The announcement, which comes on the eve of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, […]

What’s behind the latest GCC reconciliation efforts?

At the start of 2020, talks to end the years-long Gulf diplomatic crisis abruptly came to an end. For nearly a whole year, the regional rift between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance remained in a stalemate as countries focused their efforts on combating the coronavirus pandemic. But earlier this month, reports of a potential deal […]

Qatar reports airspace violation by Bahraini fighter jets to UN

Qatar’s UN ambassador tells UNSC four Bahraini fighter jets flew over its territorial waters amid continuing GCC row. Qatar has reported airspace violations by four Bahraini fighter jets to the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In a letter addressed to Security Council members and to the UN’s Secretary-General Antonio […]

Bahrain calls for an end to Gulf dispute before regional summit

Manama’s Supreme Defence Council declares need to ‘end regional conflicts’ peacefully amid thaw in relations. Bahrain has called for an end to regional disputes, the latest statement suggesting a rift between Qatar and four countries could ease ahead of a Gulf summit next month. Manama’s Supreme Defence Council, led by King Hamad bin Isa Al […]

US Secretary Pompeo offers to mediate between Israel and Lebanon

Talks between two countries over offshore oil and gas exploration are at an impasse. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday voiced regret over an impasse in maritime border talks between Israel and Lebanon and offered Washington’s mediation. The two nations which remain technically at war opened negotiations in October after quiet US diplomacy, […]

UAE’s MBZ was known as ‘the boss’ at Banque Havilland

Financier David Rowland, who used Britain’s Prince Andrew as an unofficial door opener, has another close relationship with a member of royalty. This one lives in the Middle East, and executives at Rowland’s Banque Havilland referred to him as “the Boss.” A trove of emails, documents and legal filings reviewed by Bloomberg News, as well as interviews […]