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  • ISRAEL-SAUDI ARABIA: Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia to meet with Bin Salman in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The visit confirmed that Riyadh has entered the normalization game and suggests that the wave of Gulf normalization was not simply an attempt to give US President Donald Trump’s election campaign a foreign policy boost.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA-RUSSIA-CHINA: Saudi Arabia and Russia are in a tight race to become China’s top oil supplier in 2020, with both countries boosting crude exports to the economic powerhouse even as the coronavirus pandemic hit global demand for oil this year.

SOURCE: CYPRUS MAIL

 

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  • IRAQ-SAUDI ARABIA: Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened their land border, 30 years after the Gulf War prompted its closure, showing closer ties between the two countries, likely to irk Riyadh’s rival Tehran.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE

 

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Middle East

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  • SAUDI ARABIA: Bombing against a gathering of Western diplomats (see GNN Terrorism November) was claimed by the Islamic State. The attacks, which underscore Muslim fury over French satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, come as Saudi Arabia prepares for the G20 leaders’ summit later this month — the first to be hosted by an Arab nation.

SOURCE: FRANCE 24

 

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  • REGIONAL: Elliott Abrams, US special representative for Iran and Venezuela, has called for greater cooperation among Middle East countries to counter the threat from Iran. Abrams wants to see greater cooperation between the US and Saudi Arabia as well as the Kingdom and its neighbors, as happened recently between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. Claim that cooperation among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is essential.

SOURCE: ARABNEWS

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA/CHINA: Saudi Aramco wants to sell natural gas to China. The Saudis, who have fought to remain among China’s largest crude suppliers, are looking at options to develop and supply energy sources to broaden their relationship with China.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

 

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Middle East

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  • SAUDI ARABIA/ IRAQ:  Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed to continue joint cooperation in confronting terrorism.

SOURCE: ASHARQ AL AWSAT

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA: A bomb blast hit a World War I commemoration ceremony attended by Western diplomats in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah, injuring at least two people, the second attack in two weeks targeting foreign missions in the kingdom. There was no official word on the perpetrator’s identity or motive, but the attack appeared to target French diplomats and military officials in attendance.

SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

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  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exhorted Saudi Arabia to join the “changing dynamic” in the region by recognising Israel after normalisation moves by two other Arab Gulf states (Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates). Washington and Riyadh underline common resolve against Iran.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia arrested 10 members of a “terrorist cell”, some of whom underwent military and explosives training at Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) camps in Iran. Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have been tense for several years as Iranian multiplied its hostile activities in the Gulf region, both directly and via proxies. Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi oil targets.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

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