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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…

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…

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…

A team of investigators have “concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone.” Saudi Arabia has been implicated in an extortion scandal to defame Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over his affair with a TV news anchor, it has been claimed. Who hacked Bezos’s phone? After intimate text messages and images shared between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were leaked to The National Enquirer, the Amazon CEO ordered an investigation to discover who…

American sources reveal that the torture campaign was conducted by the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group and has been involved in at least a dozen operations. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters, it has been revealed. According to The New York Times, the Prince sanctioned the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens more than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. American officials who…

Princess Reema bint Bandar will replace Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia has appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar as the country’s first female ambassador. The former business executive and philanthropist who has lived in the United States for more than two decades will be the next ambassador to Washington. According to The Washington Post, her appointment is the latest sign of the kingdom’s effort to rehabilitate…

In 2017, banks were warned that doing business with Qatar would lead to consequences, but now the tide has changed. With Qatar’s emergence as a major player on the world stage, bankers have criticized the GCC dispute stating it’s bad for business. Initially choosing to chase Saudi Arabia, leading banks are now trying to repair ties with Doha’s financial district. According to Bloomberg, executives from HSBC Holdings Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other global…

Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi. Despite managing to so far dodge the proverbial bullet over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing fresh claims that he was behind the assassination of the Saudi journalist. According to the New York Times, an intelligence report reveals that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi.…

Experts have claimed that Saudi Arabia’s bid to provide its own aid to Lebanon may be seen as an effort to push back on Qatar in the country. In what has been viewed as further evidence of regional competition and a move set to exacerbate the GCC diplomatic dispute, Saudi Arabia has followed Qatar’s lead and offered support to Lebanon. The kingdom’s finance minister told CNBC that Saudi Arabia is prepared to do all it can…