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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

Qatar has purchased Lebanese bonds in a planned $500 million investment in Lebanese debt, with the aim to support Lebanon’s struggling economy. The gas-rich country intends to make the rest of the $500 million investment in January, the official said. Following the news, Lebanon’s dollar bonds rallied on Friday, leading to a decrease in its yield. Lebanon is one of the most indebted countries in the world. The debt has reached 150% of the country’s…

The first part of the “Deal of the Century” was presented by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, in a summit in Bahrain. The proposal was met with scepticism and deemed “immoral” and “stillborn” by the international press. ”My direct message to the Palestinian people is that despite what those who have let you down in the past tell you, President Trump and America have not given up on you,” Jared Kushner, Manama, Bahrain Yet neither Israel…

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani recently made an official visit to Pakistan. Following one-to-one meeting with Pakistan’s primer Minister Imran Khan, Qatar announced that it would make a $3bn investment in Pakistan. The additional funding, which was announced by Qatar News Agency (QNA), brings Qatar’s total investment in Pakistan to $9bn. The funding comes as an endorsement to the current administration, according to Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will the cash-trapped…

Iran has shot down a US spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz, raising fears that a war could erupt between Iran and the US. The news was reported by state media. Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) affirms that the drone had violated Iranian airspace, which the US military denies. We did not have any aircraft in Iranian airspace today,” said Captain William Urban, spokesman for US Central Command. This new episode comes at…

Russia has accused the U.S. of trying to provoke a war in Iran. The accusation came after the US deployed an additional 1000 soldiers in the Middle East. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that his country had repeatedly warned Washington and its regional allies against the exacerbating tensions in the region. Ryabkov pointed his finger at “unending and sustained U.S. attempts to crank up political, psychological, economic and yes military pressure on Iran…

Mahieddine Tahkout, a powerful automobile business tycoon has been arrested amid a corruption crackdown. Mahieddine Tahkout was close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.  He founded the Tahkout Manufacturing Company (TMC) and made a fortune assembling vehicles in Algeria for South Korean carmaker Hyundai. Tahkout also won public contracts to provide transport to university students. The Tahkout family has become one of the most prominent families in the country. Mahieddine Tahkout is accused of corruption and money laundering, according…

Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s plane landed in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the Gulf crisis broke out two years ago. Late last week, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received an invitation from Saudi King Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend two summits in Mecca. The events is due to take place on Thursday in Jeddah. The goal of the summit is to discuss the…

Back in May, FIFA had suggested to expand the competition from 32 to 48 teams. The expansion from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 World Cup would have required at least one neighbouring country of Qatar to co-host the tournament. But due to a nearly two-year long blockade imposed on Qatar by a Saudi-led quartet of countries, only Oman and Kuwait were valid candidates as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain would have been required to…

The Trump administration seems more determined than ever to find a diplomatic compromise with Iran. President Trump has told acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran. During a Wednesday morning meeting in the Situation Room to defuse the growing tensions, President Trump sent a message to his aides that he does not want the intensifying American pressure campaign against the Iranians to explode into open conflict.…

Houthi revels have started withdrawing from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a U.N.-sponsored deal, giving way to put an end to a four-year war. The move, yet to be verified by the United Nations, is the first major step in implementing the agreement reached last year by the government and the Houthis for a withdrawal in Hodeidah. While Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani deemed the move a “flagrant show”, he was dismissed by British ambassador Michael…