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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arms control advocates are urging Joe Biden to extend the last U.S.-Russian treaty limiting deployed strategic nuclear arms for five years, but some experts argue the U.S. president-elect should go for a shorter period to maintain leverage over Moscow. FILE PHOTO: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow March 10, 2011. The arms control advocates called on Biden to quickly agree to an unconditional five-year extension. Biden supports an extension as a “foundation for new arms control arrangements,” but has not said by how long. Not wanting Russia to suffer the same fate, he is eager to extend ... New START,” she wrote.
Persons: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Alexander Natruskin, Biden, “ There’s, , Jon Wolfsthal, Barack Obama’s, Wolfsthal, Daryl Kimball, Victoria Nuland, Putin, Ronald Reagan Organizations: WASHINGTON, Russian, U.S, REUTERS, Reuters, Biden, Arms Control Association, Sierra Club, United Methodist Church, Carnegie Endowment, International Peace, State Department’s, Foreign Affairs Locations: U.S, Moscow, Washington, Russia, Crimea, Russian, Europe, Soviet Union, .
Jailed Saudi women's rights activists given rare court appearance
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four jailed Saudi women’s rights activists were given a rare appearance in court on Wednesday, the family of one of them said, as the kingdom’s human rights record faces new scrutiny following the election defeat of U.S. President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. The judge announced he was transferring the case from regular criminal court to a terrorism court, Lina al-Hathloul said. Another sister, Alia al-Hathloul, tweeted that three other prominent women’s rights activists - Nassima Al-Sadah, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdelaziz - had also appeared. In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators called on Saudi Arabia to release the women’s rights activists.
Persons: Donald Trump, Loujain, Marieke, REUTERS Loujain, Lina, Lina al, Hathloul, Alia al, Nassima, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Adam Coogle, stigmatize Hathloul, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, Jamal Khasshoggi Organizations: Saudi, U.S, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, United Nations, Rights, Reuters, North Africa, TRUMP, Trump, Prince Locations: BEIRUT, Handout, Sadah, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, East, TRUMP Saudi Arabia, Washington, Riyadh, U.S, Istanbul, Britain
Pakistan gives U.N. a dossier on India after India submits one on Pakistan
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pakistan gave U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a dossier on Tuesday accusing India of stoking terrorism in Pakistan, a day after India provided a dossier to some U.N. Security Council members accusing militants from Pakistan of attempting an attack in the disputed Indian territory Kashmir. REUTERS/Mohsin RazaThe tit-for-tat moves come ahead of India joining the 15-member council for a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2021. Ambassador Munir Akram accused India of violating international law, the U.N. Charter and Security Council resolutions by sponsoring terrorism. U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed since 1949 to observe a ceasefire between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. The U.N. Security Council blacklisted the head of the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed in May last year after China dropped its objection to the move, ending a decade-long diplomatic impasse.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Mohsin Raza, Pakistan’s U.N, Munir Akram, , , Mohammed Organizations: YORK, U.N, Security, Pakistani Rangers, Indian Border Security Force, REUTERS, United Nations, . Security Locations: Pakistan, India, Kashmir, Wagah, Lahore, New York, Jammu, U.N, Indian Kashmir, L4N2I92VF, China
Turkish court adds new Saudi defendants in Khashoggi trial
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Tuesday added new defendants to the case against Saudi officials charged over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, in a trial that Ankara says is needed to reveal the full truth behind the killing. Turkish officials believe his body was dismembered and removed, while his remains have not been found. In September a Saudi court jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years over the killing, in a trial that critics said lacked transparency. Yasin Aktay, a member of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party and an acquaintance of Khashoggi, said a just verdict could not have been expected from a Saudi court that was ruling on senior Saudi officials. The first indictment accused two top Saudi officials, former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani, of instigating murder.
Persons: Jamal Khashoggi, Sarah Silbiger Khashoggi, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Ayman Noor, Khashoggi’s, Yasin Aktay, Tayyip Erdogan’s, Khashoggi, , Ahmed, Saud al, Rebecca Vincent Organizations: Saudi, Protect Journalists, REUTERS, Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, International Locations: ISTANBUL, Ankara, Saudi Embassy, Istanbul, Washington , U.S, Saudi, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.80   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa. Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in normalising ties with Israel in a deal brokered by the United States that marked a strategic Middle East alignment against Iran. “We are both excited to bring the fruits of peace to our people and countries in such a short time. That’s why he (al-Khalifa) invited me to come soon for a formal visit in Bahrain and I will do this happily,” Netanyahu said in a statement about a phone call he held with the crown prince. Since September, the Trump administration has brokered agreements with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan toward normalising their relations with Israel.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain “, , Prince Salman al, Khalifa, ” Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Saudi, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Gulf state’s, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Bahraini, Sunday, United Arab, White Locations: JERUSALEM, Bahrain, Khalifa . Bahrain, United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, normalising, Israel, Israeli
The US helped broker a meeting between the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to two officials briefed on the matter. The two sources — one Israeli and one European — said the meeting was a reward for the audacious assassination in August of an Al Qaeda target in Iran. The secret meeting, they said, was meant to pave the way for Saudi Arabia to formally recognize Israel. However, it fell short of its aims and Saudi Arabia publicly denied that a meeting took place. US officials organized a meeting between Israeli prime minister and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia as payback for assassinating a leading member of Al Qaeda, intelligence sources told Insider.
Persons: , Joe Biden, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman —, Abu Mohammed al Masri, Al, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, David Friedman, Mike Pompeo, Friedman, Michael Reynolds, Netanyahu's, Bennie Gantz, Mike, Pompeo, Masri, Trump, Bibi, Jared, Kushner, Biden, they'd Organizations: Trump, White, The New York Times, United, United Arab Emirates, Al Locations: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, Iran, European, Sudan, Bahrain, United Arab, UAE, Riyadh, Saudi
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of rivals it is not. The following are some of the policy issues that Blinken and Sullivan, who served at the State Department and then as Biden’s chief foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration, will face as they seek to turn the page on President Donald Trump’s sometimes chaotic foreign policy:CHINAChina is expected to be the main challenge for Biden’s foreign policy team at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to the lowest point in decades. Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the Biden team should beware of getting bogged down in formal dialogues with Beijing. In withdrawing from the deal, Trump restored U.S. sanctions and has imposed many more in a failed effort so far to force Iran into negotiations. What is less clear, however, is how Blinken and the rest of Biden’s team will deal with North Korea.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Blinken, Sullivan, Obama, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Biden, ” Blinken, Xi Jinping, , Bonnie Glaser, , RUSSIA Blinken, Vladimir Putin, ” Biden, IRAN Sullivan, NORTH KOREA Blinken, Kim Jong Un, denuclearization, Kim, al Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S Conference, Mayors, REUTERS, White House, Senate Foreign Relations, State Department, Beijing, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Obama, CBS, NORTH KOREA, North, CBS News, Trump, Taliban Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CHINA China, Washington, Beijing, China, America, Hong Kong, South China, RUSSIA, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Moscow, IRAN, Iran, Tehran, North Korea, United States, Pyongyang, AFGHANISTAN, Afghanistan, Kabul, al Qaeda, Syria
A supporter of President Donald Trump was charged with misdemeanor assault on Sunday in Loudon County, Virginia, for allegedly breathing heavily on protesters outside Trump National Golf Club. In the video he can be seen wearing an inflatable flotation device around his waist in the shape of Trump. Occurred trump golf." Michele Bowman, public information officer at the Loudon County Sheriff, confirmed the incident in an email to NBC News. "And we said, 'No, you know very well, we asked to charge him with assault'," Beynett recalled.
Persons: Donald Trump, Kathy Beynett, Raymond Deskins —, Ray, Deskins, Michele Bowman, Bowman, NFnbmOnYRi —, Beynett Organizations: Trump National Golf, Loudon County Sheriff's, Trump, Loudon County Sheriff, NBC News, NBC, Sheriff Locations: Loudon County , Virginia, Loudon County, Virginia, Loudoun County, Sterling , Virginia, NFnbmOnYRi — Loudoun, Leesburg , Virginia, Loudon
TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, a senior Cabinet minister told local news media, signaling a potential breakthrough for Israel as it strives for acceptance in the region. On Israel's Army Radio, Education Minister Yoav Gallant congratulated Netanyahu on the "remarkable achievement" but did not say bin Salman and Netanyahu had met. I’m committed to strengthening Israel.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a statement in Jerusalem last Thursday. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, meanwhile, denied that a visit took place, saying in a tweet that "no such meeting occurred. After the deal with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia allowed Israeli airliners to fly over their territory.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo —, Yoav Gallant, Salman, , I’m, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Faisal bin Farhan, bin Salman, Daniel Shapiro, Prince Bandar, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Rachel Elbaum, Paul Goldman Organizations: Saudi Crown, Israel's Army Radio, , State Department, NBC, Saudi, Journalists, Gulfstream, Sunday, U.S, United Arab, Institute for National Security, UAE, Peace Initiative, West Bank, The Associated Press Locations: TEL AVIV, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jerusalem, Saudi, Iran, Neom, Tel Aviv, Sinai, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, U.S, Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, United States, Prince, London
Factbox: As mediation calls mount, who has leverage in Ethiopia?
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rebuffed attempts at international mediation since conflict erupted in its northern Tigray region on Nov. 4. The AU fired its own security chief, an ethnic Tigrayan, after the Ethiopian government raised concerns over his loyalty. Regional experts have suggested that Sudan could use its control over key border crossings as leverage to press both sides in Ethiopia to talk. The Ethiopian foreign ministry said Redwan “commended China for understanding Ethiopia’s stance not to internationalize the undergoing operation in Tigray ... Ethiopia summoned the U.S. ambassador to seek clarification after President Donald Trump said Cairo could end up “blowing up that dam”.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Redwan “, , Abu Dhabi’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abdullah bin Zayed, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Blinken, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Gayle Smith, Meles Zenawi, Yoweri Museveni, Addis Ababa, Museveni Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, African Union, Monday, AU, Eritrean, ” UNITED, United Arab Emirates, Reuters, UNITED, United, U.S, USAID, European Union Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Hamdayet, Kassala, SUDAN, Sudanese, CHINA, Beijing, Addis Ababa, China, EMIRATES, UAE, Assab, Eritrea, of Africa, Africa, Egypt, U.S, Cairo, United States, Eritrea’s, Asmara, UGANDA, Addis, EUROPE, Oslo
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Monday denied reports that a meeting took place between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli officials on Sunday. “I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo. No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud tweeted.
Persons: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, , Crown, ” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud Organizations: Reuters, Crown, Crown Prince, Saudi Locations: DUBAI, Saudi
Israeli cabinet minister confirms Netanyahu's Saudi meeting
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A combination picture shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERSJERUSALEM (Reuters) - A member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet and Likud party confirmed media reports on Monday that the Israeli prime minister had held a meeting in Saudi Arabia, calling it an “amazing achievement”. “The very fact the meeting happened, and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance,” Education Minister Yoav Gallant told Army Radio when asked about Sunday’s visit, in which Israeli media said Netanyahu met the Saudi crown prince and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Persons: Mohammed Bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mikhail Klimentyev, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Yoav Gallant, Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, , Army Radio Locations: Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, REUTERS JERUSALEM, Saudi Arabia, Saudi
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during a joint statement with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERSJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo there, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said on Monday. Riyadh has so far declined to normalise ties with Israel, saying Palestinian statehood goals should be addressed first. But the Saudis have allowed Israeli airliners to overfly their territory to newly available Gulf destinations and to Asia. (This story corrects to fix spelling of Saudi city in paragraph 3)
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Israel’s, Avi Scharf, Bin Salman, Pompeo Organizations: REUTERS, Sunday, Crown, U.S, Army Radio, Embassy, Israel’s, Saudi, United Arab Locations: Jerusalem, REUTERS JERUSALEM, Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv, Neom, Red, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Riyadh, Asia, Saudi
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after making a joint statement in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Saudi state media made no mention of any visit by Netanyahu, and the Saudi government’s media office did not immediately respond to Reuters queries. But since August it has allowed Israeli airliners to overfly Saudi territory to newly available Gulf destinations and Asia. “Gantz does politics while the prime minister makes peace,” Netanyahu spokesman Topaz Luk tweeted.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Israel’s, Maya Alleruzzo, Donald Trump’s, Pompeo, Netanyahu, Joe Biden, Joseph, Yossi, Cohen, Avi Scharf, bin Salman, Netanyahu burnish, Benny Gantz, “ Gantz, ” Netanyahu, Topaz Luk Organizations: Crown, U.S, Army Radio, REUTERS, Israel, United Arab, Embassy, Saudi, Israel’s Locations: JERUSALEM, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Israel, Saudi, Iran, Riyadh, Asia, Tel Aviv, Neom, Red
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the Saudi crown prince in Saudi Arabia, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday, the first publicly confirmed trip to the kingdom by an Israeli leader amid a diplomatic flurry prompted by regional fears of Iran. A combination picture shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. More publicly closing ranks with the Saudi crown prince could help the conservative Netanyahu burnish his statesman credentials as he faces domestic challenges. They include a trial on corruption charges - which Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, denies - and a feud with centrist coalition partner Benny Gantz, the country’s defence minister. “Gantz does politics while the prime minister makes peace,” Netanyahu spokesman Topaz Luk tweeted.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed Bin Salman, Mikhail Klimentyev, Ronen, Netanyahu, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Yoav Gallant, ” Gallant, Pompeo, Trump, Biden, Joseph, Yossi, Cohen, Netanyahu burnish, Israel’s, Benny Gantz, “ Gantz, ” Netanyahu, Topaz Luk, normalisation Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, Israel’s Army Radio, Kan Radio, U.S, Embassy, Likud, Saudi, Army Radio, United Arab Locations: JERUSALEM, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, Saudi Red Sea, Neom, Israel, Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Arab, Riyadh, Asia
TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in the kingdom on Sunday, according to two Saudi government advisers, in their first known meeting and amid a U.S. push to normalize ties between the longtime foes. Mr. Netanyahu made the secret trip on Sunday evening to the seaside corner of northwest Saudi Arabia to join U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Yossi Cohen, the director of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, accompanied the Israeli prime minister,...
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr, Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo’s, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Yossi Cohen Organizations: Saudi, U.S Locations: TEL AVIV, U.S, Saudi Arabia
Netanyahu Meets Saudi Crown Prince, Israeli Media Says
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Felicia Schwartz | Dov Lieber | ) www.wsj.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in the kingdom on Sunday, according to Israel’s Army radio, in what is believed to be the first known meeting between the leaders of the longtime enemies and amid a U.S. push to normalize ties between them. Mr. Netanyahu made the secret trip on Sunday evening to the seaside corner of northwest Saudi Arabia to join U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Mossad director Yossi Cohen accompanied the Israeli...
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo’s, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Yossi Cohen Organizations: Saudi, Israel’s Army, U.S Locations: TEL AVIV, U.S, Saudi Arabia
So far, it has pulled in only $3.6 billion in funding for research, manufacturing and subsidies for poor countries. In recent months, Mr. Gates, who emphasizes that he is one of many involved in the vaccine effort, has hosted online round tables with drug company officials. And to help staff the vaccine effort, his foundation has provided millions of dollars for McKinsey & Company consultants. India and South Africa, for example, are pushing to suspend the global enforcement of intellectual property rights involving the virus. Dr. Zweli Lawrence Mkhize, South Africa’s health minister, said that the usual practices did not apply in this crisis.
Persons: Gates, Melinda Gates, Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel of, Ursula von der Leyen, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Anthony S, Mitch McConnell, ’ ”, Ariel Pablos, Gates’s, Zweli Lawrence Mkhize, Organizations: European Commission, Crown, McKinsey & Company Locations: United States, France, Abu Dhabi, In Washington, Gates, India, South Africa, South
Netanyahu Held Secret Meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, Israeli Media Reports
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Ben Hubbard | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel flew to Saudi Arabia for a covert meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Israeli news media reported on Monday. The reported visit, Sunday night, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders and could signal an acceleration of gradually warming relations between the two powers. Mr. Netanyahu’s visit was reported by Army Radio and Kan public radio in Israel, which cited an unidentified official saying that the prime minister had flown with Yossi Cohen, the head of the Mossad spy agency, to Neom, a futuristic city Prince Mohammed is planning near the Red Sea coast. Saudi officials and Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. On Monday, Topaz Luk, a media adviser to Mr. Netanyahu, posted an article on Twitter about the latest moves of Mr. Netanyahu’s defense minister and rival, Benny Gantz, with a comment that read: “Gantz plays politics while the prime minister makes peace,” perhaps hinting at a confirmation of the meeting.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Netanyahu’s, Yossi Cohen, Mohammed, Topaz Luk, Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, “ Gantz, Organizations: Lebanon —, Crown, Saudi, Army Radio, Kan, Twitter Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi
Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia and met crown prince, reports say
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 22nd Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem October 3, 2019. Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials. Hebrew-language media cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that Netanyahu and Yossi Cohen, head of Israel's Mossad spy agency, flew to the Saudi city of Neom on Sunday, where they met with the crown prince. The Israeli prime minister's office did not respond to requests for comment. However, analysts and insiders suggest his 35-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, likely is more open to the idea of normalizing relations without major progress in the moribund peace process.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Netanyahu, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Trump, King Salman, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jared Kushner, Trump's, Prince Mohammed Organizations: Crown, Saudi, U.S, Gulfstream, Ben, Gurion, United Arab Locations: Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Neom, Tel Aviv, American, Bahrain, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, UAE, Riyadh, Iran
“The fact that the meeting took place and was made public — even if it was in only a semiofficial way — is something of great importance,” he said. Israel and Saudi Arabia have no formal diplomatic relations, and Prince Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, said as recently as Saturday that the kingdom had long supported normalization but only after an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The Saudis’ Arab Peace Initiative in 2002 offered Israel full normalization with the Arab world after the Palestinians achieved statehood. But the kingdom’s tone when speaking about Israel has shifted in recent years, and rapidly in recent months. The Saudi news media has begun publishing articles about Israeli culture and politics, and last month a Saudi satellite channel aired extensive interviews with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, who harshly criticized the Palestinian leadership.
Persons: Yoav Galant, , Galant, Yossi Cohen, Mohammed, Prince Faisal, Prince Mohammed, Prince Bandar Organizations: Peace Initiative Locations: Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Sultan, Washington
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Neom, in the first meeting between the two leaders, an Israeli minister confirmed. However, the Saudi foreign ministry denied a meeting took place between the two leaders. CNN's Oren Liebermann reports.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, CNN's Oren Liebermann Organizations: Saudi Crown Locations: Saudi, Neom
G20 communique unanimous but Turkey wanted 'voice heard': host
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan wears a protective mask as he attends a virtual meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 18, 2020. G20 Saudi Arabia/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - The G20 summit’s final communique was approved unanimously by all countries, but Turkey wanted its “voice to be heard”, Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said on Sunday in a news conference closing out the two-day online meeting.
Persons: Mohammed, Jadaan, Mohammed al Organizations: Saudi, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s Finance Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Saudi crown prince proposes holding two G20 summits a year
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs final session of the 15th annual G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 22, 2020. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday proposed holding two G20 summits annually in the future: one, virtually, mid-year, and a second in-person at the end of the year. Speaking on the last day of the summit, the prince said the G20 presidency will issue its final communique and also a separate statement from Turkey detailing Ankara’s views towards that communique. He gave no more details about the statement.
Persons: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: Saudi Royal Court, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Bandar, Turkey
"We are committed to leading the world in shaping a strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive post-COVID-19 era," G-20 leaders declared in a twelve page document released on Sunday evening. "Every single leader was supportive of the G-20 initiatives to ensure that we provide enough resources to ensure that the vaccine and therapeutics are available to everyone." Leaders warned the recovery is far from guaranteed, despite economic activity beginning to pick up in some countries. The G-20 group also made progress on debt suspension, with leaders committing to implementing the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) and even extending it through June 2021. The declaration also said all G-20 members continue to support efforts and utilize all available approaches aimed at "advancing environmental stewardship for future generations."
Persons: Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mohammed Al, Jadaan, Al Jadaan Organizations: Media Center, Saudi, Saudi Arabia's Finance Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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