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Omar Hajjar is a journalist based in the UK. An investigative reporter, he has lived in 3 different countries in the Middle East over the past 10 years.

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday, after a court appearance, according to Egypt’s national television. Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in 2012, following the Arab spring, thus becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Morsi was overthrown in 2013 and replaced by al-Sissi. The 67-year-old former president started serving a seven-year prison sentence for various charges. Critics blamed the poor conditions he had been facing in jail for the past six years. They…

On Thursday, June 13, two tankers were attacked in the Arabian Sea in the Strait of Hormuz. The attack took place a month after the sabotage of four ships in the same waters. Nearly 20% of the world’s oil passes through this strait, especially Saudi and Iranian oil. The attack represents a dangerous escalation, opposing the United States, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel on one hand, and Iran on the other hand. Donald Trump…

In a briefing in London. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani urged all stakeholders to find a compromise in the ongoing tensions between Iran and the US. Referring to calls made by other countries such as Japan, Oman and Iraq for a de-escalating he feud, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said: “There were attempts by Qatar and by other countries in the region to de-escalate the situation: we have been speaking to the…

Despite its continued success worldwide, Qatar would like a resolution to the GCC dispute. Today marks the second anniversary of when Saudi Arabia led The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on an unprecedented blockade of Qatar. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) collapsed when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE enforced an embargo on Doha in 2017, which was also joined by Egypt. The quartet claimed that the rulers in Doha held unfavorable relationships…

Iran is allegedly behind the sabotage of four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE and a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called for Arab leaders to take a stand and to confront Iran with all means possible after tensions between the two nations reached fever pitch. The announcement follows an emergency summit the King called in Mecca for Arab leaders to rise up against Iran following…

Qatar has confirms that is has received an invitation letter from the king of Saudi Arabia to participate in the emergency Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 30 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, “the message was received by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, during a meeting with HE Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council…

Qatar has not received any invitation to two regional summits to discuss last week’s drone strikes on Saudi oil installations and the attack of Saudi and UAE oil tankers. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being behind the drone strikes, but Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir, said that Saudi Arabia had no intention to go to war against Iran but stood ready to defend itself. Al Jubeir also…

Most stock markets in the Middle East were down, amidst trade war fear between the US and China. The downward trend came after the US raised duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% on Friday and that Trump commented the process had begun to hike tariffs on another $325 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing has threatened to take “necessary countermeasures” to the tariff increase but did not provide more details. Saudi Arabia…

Qatar has asked authorities in Saudi Arabia to remove “obstacles and restrictions” for its residents wishing to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf countries enter a nearly 2-year dispute. In a statement, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affaires (Awqf) requested that pilgrims from Qatar get access to the same facilities as other pilgrims in the Gulf. Direct flights from Doha to Jeddah are still not allowed for airlines. The land border to…

Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that unilateral sanctions have a negative impact on countries that depend on oil, referring to sanctions imposed by the US on Iran, according to Reuters. In Qatar, we do not believe unilateral sanctions bring positive effects for crises which must be solved through dialogue and dialogue only, said the Foreign Minister during a press conference following a meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue…