Saudi Arabia on Saturday named an air force pilot son of King Salman as ambassador to its major ally Washington, with which ties are improving under President Donald Trump.
Jim Mattis meets Qatar's emir and defence chief as part of a tour aimed at rekindling relations after testing times under the Obama administration.
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Jordan has rejected as “baseless” claims that it plans to deploy troops in neighbouring Syria in coordination with the United States.
A complicated deal including Qatari hunters, millions of dollars, and civilians in besieged towns in Syria has ended with the release of the Gulf hostages from their Iraqi militia captors.
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Iran's current President Hassan Rouhani faced an uphill struggle in new elections, as he faces a challenge from two strong conservative challengers.
Iraq's foreign ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador over an interview in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces as a "terrorist" organisation, officials said on Thursday.
Emirates remains committed to the US market despite plans to slash 20 percent of its flights in the wake of tougher security and visa measures put in place under Trump
US Ambassador Nikki Haley urges UN to devote less attention to Israeli-Palestinian conflict and focus on Iran's 'incredibly destructive activities' in the Middle East.