Yemen quagmire showcases hazards of Saudi power play

By Anuj Chopra | AFP

Saudi Arabia has adopted an interventionist policy under 34-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, analysts say (AFP Photo/ABDULLAH AL-QADRY)

Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is confronting the perils of its combative foreign policy as it slides further into a military quagmire in Yemen, one of a series of strategic missteps under the ambitious crown prince, analysts say.… read the full article

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

By AYA BATRAWY and FAY ABUELGASIM (Associated Press)

CORRECTS DATE – In this Friday, May 17, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the USS Abraham Lincoln sails in the Arabian Sea near the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, May 18, 2019, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war.
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Saudi crown prince approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: report

By AFP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C), pictured in India, authorized the Rapid Intervention Group to suppress dissidents, The New York Times reported (AFP Photo/Handout)

Washington (AFP) – More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday.… read the full article

Exclusive: Saudi’s Falih – U.S., China driving oil demand; no April OPEC policy change

By Nidhi Verma (Reuters)

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks at a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday that China and the U.S.… read the full article

Saudi crown prince defends China’s right to put Uighur Muslims in concentration camps

Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the comments while visiting Beijing to sign trade deals – Xinhua

by Josie Ensor (The Telegraph)

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on Friday defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right”.… read the full article

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

By ZEINA KARAM — Associated Press

FILE – In this file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA Dec. 16, 2018, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meets with Sudan’s President Omar Bashir in Damascus, Syria. Assad has survived years of war and millions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him.
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China supports Saudi Arabia in economic and social change: Xi

(Reuters) – Stability in Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of prosperity and progress in the Gulf, and China firmly supports Riyadh in its drive for economic diversification and social reform, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meeting in Buenos Aires, host of the G20 summit of industrialized nations on Friday, Xi said China has always attached great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.… read the full article

Analysis: Putin’s bro-five with Saudi crown prince reveals the G20’s diplomatic dance

By Rob Crilly, The Telegraph

It’s the bro-five. That moment when two like minded members of a brotherhood come together, outstretched hands colliding in a clasp somewhere between a high-five and a handshake.

If Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, had any nerves about how he would be received at the G20 summit – his first major trip since being implicated in the murder of a dissident journalist – then Vladimir Putin’s warm but calculating greeting would have put him at ease.… read the full article