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Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them. "De-escalation of tensions between the two Muslim …

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Saudi Arabia closing 8 Turkish schools

Saudi Arabia will shut down 8 Turkish schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education operating in the capital Riyadh and other provinces at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, according to information gathered by diplomatic …

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Can Iran and Saudi Arabia bury the hatchet?

Iranian and Saudi officials have reportedly been holding talks in Baghdad this month to discuss outstanding issues between the two countries, including recent attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi infrastructure. Iraq’s prime minister was instrumental in arranging the meeting, according to a report in the Financial Times. As the news spread, the Saudis denied having held talks with Iran, as did outlets known to be close to Tehran. But Iran’s foreign ministry, while refusing to confirm or deny the reports, said that Iran welcomed talks with Saudi Arabia, Middle East Eye writes

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FM: Iran always welcomes dialogue with Saudi Arabia

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that Tehran always welcomed dialogue with Saudi Arabia, but he did not confirm nor deny direct talks this month between the arch-rivals. "We have seen media reports about talks …

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Geopolitical competition in Caspian region about more than gas and oil

Geopolitical competition in the Caspian Sea region over oil and natural gas fields, pipelines carrying these hydrocarbons across that body of water, and security measures intended to protect both have attracted the bulk of the attention of the littoral states as well as outside powers in recent years. But intensifying competition in the Caspian over other issues also deserves attention. Three of these many other forms of rivalry have assumed new prominence in the past several weeks, The Jamestown Foundation writes

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How pandemic will impact Ramadan-2021

For the second successive year, Muslims will mark the holy month in the midst of coronavirus.  While many have found ways to adapt to the "new normal" and the rollout of vaccines has helped stymie the rise in cases in some …

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Putin and Saudi Crown Prince discuss OPEC+

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in a telephone conversation on Thursday, April 1, raised the topic of OPEC+, among other things, Presidnetial spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on …

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Turkey’s normalization paradigm: Israel, Egypt, Gulf

“Normalization” is the buzzword around Turkey’s foreign policy this year and finally it seems that some results have been achieved. Turkish officials recently revealed that talks between Turkey and Egypt were underway regarding the restoration of ties and energy-related cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean

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