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Analysis: UAE’s oil expansion gives it new weight within OPEC
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Rania El Gamal | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The group had been widely expected to roll over those production cuts of 7.7 million bpd into January-March 2021 amid a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic. Abu Dhabi is cutting around 33% of its output potential, pumping 2.59 million bpd, down from around 3.9 million bpd before the OPEC+ supply cut deal was reached in April, according to OPEC and industry data. ADNOC, meanwhile, had boosted its oil production capacity to over 4 million bpd from around 3.5 million bpd in 2018, and plans to grow it further to 5 million by 2030. Since 2016, ADNOC has expanded its oil production concessions agreements, striking partnerships with new oil companies in Asia and Europe, and awarding oil and gas exploration deals for the first time. “It is not clear how OPEC oil cuts are going to impact Murban trading because ADNOC will need to commit certain oil volumes to trade freely on the market,” said one source briefed on the matter.
Persons: Christopher Pike, Abu Dhabi’s, , Ayham Kamel, , Biden, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Organizations: Reuters, United, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, UAE, OPEC, of, Petroleum Locations: DUBAI, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Ruwais, United Arab, UAE, Kuwait, Riyadh, Saudi, Eurasia, “ Abu Dhabi, Russia, Abu Dhabi, Asia, Europe, BlackRock, OPEC, Abu
Deadlocked on oil production cuts, OPEC and its allies to resume talks
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Sam Meredith | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
LONDON — OPEC and non-OPEC allies will resume talks on Thursday to iron out oil production policy for next year, seeking to build consensus over how to tackle weak demand amid a new wave of coronavirus cases. OPEC and its partners, known collectively as OPEC+, are widely expected to extend oil production cuts of 7.7 million barrels per day through to at least March 2021. However, talks were suspended on Tuesday after it became clear they had been unable to reach a compromise. Oil ministers from the 23-member group, which is composed of some of the world's largest crude producers, will reconvene for a virtual meeting from 1 p.m. London time on Thursday to try to find common ground. In April, after days of protracted talks, OPEC+ agreed to the largest single oil output cut in history.
Persons: Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al, Saud Organizations: Saudi, Energy, LONDON, OPEC, Brent, U.S, West Texas Locations: OPEC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, London, Covid
So Saudi authorities have already reduced this vibrant, healthy woman to a quivering sick shell of her former self — but apparently that is still not punishment enough. So Saudi authorities have already reduced this vibrant woman to a quivering sick shell of her former self — but apparently that is not punishment enough. Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018. The combined values of the sovereign wealth funds of Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia is estimated to be in the trillions of dollars. For four years, the Trump administration dispensed with asking for anything from Saudi Arabia besides its purchase power for trillions of dollars’ worth of American-made weapons.
Persons: Loujain, hadn’t, Ivanka Trump, Hillary Clinton, Manal Al, Sharif, Hathloul, Hessah, Nariman, Al, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Ryan Philippe, , Trump, Will, Biden Organizations: Saudi, PEN America, United Arab Emirates, Sorbonne, NYU, Harvard, Yale, MIT Locations: Saudi Arabia, Gulf, Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi, Dubai, Britain, India, Myanmar, China, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia, Georgetown
Saudi minister rejects Iranian accusation on scientist's killing
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Mourners sit next to the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during the burial ceremony at the shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Hamed Malekpour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Tuesday criticised Iran’s foreign minister for implicating Riyadh in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. “Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have recently ramped up rhetoric against Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Riyadh in the region. Saudi Arabia has not formally condemned the assassination, unlike the other five Gulf Cooperation Council member countries.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Imamzadeh Saleh, Hamed Malekpour, Zarif, Will, Adel, Jubeir, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike, Pompeo’s, ” Zarif, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, , Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi, Iranian, Gulf Cooperation Council, RT, Riyadh’s United Nations Locations: Tehran, Iran, Riyadh, Iranian, Saudi Arabia, Israeli, , Israel, Gulf, Russian
Saudi judge refers jailed rights activist's case to terror court
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
Loujain al-Hathloul, the jailed activist who led the charge to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia, has gone from jailed rights activist to alleged national security threat. While human rights groups called on world leaders to use the virtual G20 Summit in Riyadh to pressure Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow her release, Hathloul appeared before a judge only to learn her case was being referred to a notorious terror court. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
Persons: Loujain, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Hathloul, CNN's Nic Robertson Locations: Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Mike Pompeo's, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi's, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Evan Vucci, Joe Biden, Biden, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, it's, King Salman, Prophet Muhammad Organizations: Saudi, Reuters, Street, Saudi Crown, Iran, United, United Arab, Trump White House, AP, Congress, Trump, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, United Arab Emirates, Initiative Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi, Neom, United States, Arab Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Riyadh, Evan Vucci Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestinian, France
Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, White, Ivanka Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, Adam Boehler, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu, bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Bin Salman, Netanyahu, Biden, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al, Mohammad Al Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Saudi Arabia's, White, Global Center, REUTERS, Saudi, Middle, U.S . International Development Finance Corporation, United Arab, U.S, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Arab Emirates, GCC, Qatar Locations: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Riyadh, Saudi, Neom, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Tehran, Iranian, Iran, Sabah . Kuwait, Egypt
White House Aide Kushner to Hold Talks in Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Dion Nissenbaum | Summer Said | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week in a last-ditch attempt to secure more diplomatic agreements in the Middle East before the Trump administration leaves office in January, according to U.S. and Gulf officials. Mr. Kushner and his team are hoping to use their dwindling political leverage to advance issues of U.S. interest, with a particular focus on resolving the three-year-old rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, including Riyadh, the officials said.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Trump, Kushner Organizations: White Locations: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia has suspended Turkish meat imports - Turkish union
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Ceyda Caglayan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters’ union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rivals. REUTERS/Umit BektasTurkish exporters have reported increasing obstacles to trade in Saudi Arabia, as businessmen in the Gulf Arab state have led calls for bans on Turkish imports and as ties between the two countries deteriorated. Ankara says it has been told by Riyadh that there is no formal boycott, but the exporters’ union said it had been informed by Turkey’s trade ministry that imports of some Turkish goods had been suspended earlier this month. Turkey’s Exporters Assembly says exports to Saudi Arabia fell 16% in the first 10 months of this year to $2.23 billion. “Even though there was no official ban, we were unable to send many products to Saudi Arabia anyway, including chicken products,” said Sait Koca, general manager of a poultry company.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi King Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s, Ruhsar Pekcan, ” Pekcan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Joe Biden, Erdogan, , Sait Koca, Weeks Organizations: REUTERS, , Reuters, Turkey’s Trade, World Trade Organisation, Saudi Locations: ISTANBUL, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Saudi, Ankara, Gulf, Istanbul, Riyadh, Sabah, U.S
“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
Persons: Mohammed Bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mikhail Klimentyev, Joe Biden, Washington’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Biden, Barak Obama’s, Trump, Sunday’s, Mike Pompeo, Israel’s, Pompeo, Netanyahu, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, , Neil Quilliam, Prince Mohammed’s, Benny Gantz, Gantz Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, Israel’s Army Radio, Saudi, Hezbollah, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, SAUDI KING, United Arab, MbS, normalisation, Chatham House, Defence Locations: RIYADH, JERUSALEM, Saudi, Iran, Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, Neom, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tehran, , U.S, Israel, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gulf, Yemen, Lebanese, SAUDI, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, UAE, Tel Aviv
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen carried out a series of air raids on barracks used by the Iran-aligned group in and around the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, according to local residents. The reported air strikes came after a Houthi missile attack on Saudi oil facilities in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi-led coalition forces intervened in Yemen’s war in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014. Houthi forces have staged many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including on the capital Riyadh. Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces, who control most of north Yemen, have escalated since late May when a ceasefire arrangement prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired.
Locations: ADEN, Yemen, Saudi, Iran, Sanaa, Red Sea, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Cross
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia last weekend for a secret nighttime rendezvous with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he and his allies in Washington hoped to win assurances that a normalization deal between the two longtime Middle East rivals was in reach, Saudi advisers and U.S. officials said. But Prince Mohammed pulled back from a deal, according to the Saudi advisors and U.S. officials, largely because of the U.S. election result. Mr. Biden has said he also favors normalization deals between Arab states and Israel. He has taken a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record, in particular the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And a deal struck under the aegis of the new president could put relations between the Biden administration and Riyadh on a surer footing, Saudi aides said.
Persons: Saudi Arabia —, Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Trump, Abraham, Trump’s, Prince Mohammed, Joe Biden, Mr, Biden, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: Saudi Crown, U.S, Abraham Accords, United Arab Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Washington, Saudi, Iran, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Riyadh
One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights campaigners, Loujain al-Hathloul, shook uncontrollably and spoke in an uncharacteristically faint voice during a rare court appearance this week, a family member told NBC News on Thursday. Loujain, 31, was told during the hearing that her case would be transferred to the country's Specialized Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, Lina said. Lynn Maalouf, deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at London-based rights campaigner Amnesty International, called the court transfer "a disturbing move." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said that at least three jailed women's rights activists, including Loujain, have been held in solitary confinement and subjected to abuse including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault. Demonstrators from Amnesty International stage a protest on International Women's day in 2019 to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi embassy in Paris, France.
Persons: Loujain, Lina al, Lina, Lynn Maalouf, Salman al, Yousef, Benoit Tessier, Foreign Affairs Adel, Jubeir, Hathloul, Donald Trump, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, crackdowns, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: NBC, Amnesty International, Saudi, Diplomats, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Loujain, Reuters, State, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Adel Al, BBC, Saudi Washington Post, Associated Press Locations: Saudi, Berlin, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Loujain, East, North Africa, London, Paris, France, U.S, Yemen, Istanbul
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
LONDON — The future of oil producer group OPEC+ has been called into question by analysts at Goldman Sachs, as the alliance prepares to secure a new mandate on output curbs. "As another OPEC+ meeting nears, uncertainty on the group's decision is once again rising," analysts at Goldman said in a research note published Tuesday. Earlier this month, Energy Intelligence reported, citing unnamed UAE officials, that the country was privately considering its membership of OPEC. The UAE's Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei has since said in a statement to Reuters that the country remains a committed member of OPEC+. It is the group's third-biggest producer and a close Gulf ally of OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia.
Persons: of Energy Abdulaziz bin Salman, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Suhail, Mazrouei Organizations: of Energy, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies, Research Center, LONDON, OPEC, Energy Intelligence, UAE's Energy, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Riyadh, Russia, OPEC, UAE, Saudi Arabia, U.S
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
GCC countries surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases - Reuters tally
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks are seen in the street, after the government lifted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) - The six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have recorded more than 1 million cases of infection with COVID-19 so far, according to a Reuters tally of data published by each government. The tally in the energy producing region on Monday stood at 1,000,845 infections, with 9,160 deaths.
Persons: Ahmed Yosri Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Yosri DUBAI
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
Yemen's Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Monday said it fired a missile at a distribution station operated by the Saudi Aramco oil company in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah and struck it. FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. Aramco’s oil production and export facilities are mostly in Saudi’s Eastern Province, more than 1,000 km across the country from Jeddah. A Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, said the attack was carried out with a Quds-2 type winged missile. He also posted a satellite image with the label “north Jeddah bulk plant-Saudi Aramco”.
Persons: Maxim, Yahya Sarea, ” Sarea, Houthi, Sarea Organizations: Reuters, Saudi, REUTERS, Aramco, Saudi Aramco ”, Google, Saudi Arabia Locations: RIYADH, DUBAI, Iran, Saudi Aramco, Saudi, Red Sea, Jeddah, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Eastern Province, Jeddah . State, Quds, , Yemen, Houthi
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni Houthi forces fired a missile that struck a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah, a Houthi military spokesman said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. Over the almost six-year-old war, Houthi forces have carried out many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi, as well as on the capital Riyadh. The Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts many attacks, and has responded with air strikes on Houthi-held territory. Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces, who control most of north Yemen, have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic expired.
Persons: Maxim, Yahya Sarea, ” Sarea Organizations: Reuters, Saudi, REUTERS, Saudi Aramco ”, Google, Aramco, Saudi Arabia Locations: RIYADH, DUBAI, Saudi Aramco, Saudi, Red Sea, Jeddah, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jeddah . State, Eastern Province, , Quds, Sunday, Sanaa, Iran, Riyadh, The Saudi, Houthi, Red
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
President Donald Trump seemingly at odds with other world leaders at G20 summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: 1 min
President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord and touted US oil and natural gas production during a virtual session focused on safeguarding the environment on the final day of the G20 summit. CNN's Nic Robertson reports from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Persons: Donald Trump, CNN's Nic Robertson Locations: Paris, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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
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