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Comment: Macron should use his good relations with Trump to visit Tehran, rather than bypassing the Iranians in any attempt to renegotiate the deal, writes Esfandyar Batmanghelidj.

Hours after being sworn in as secretary of state, Washington has announced Mike Pompeo's first diplomatic visit will include 'important allies' Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel.

Qatar urges 'shared role' in Syria after Saudi threat

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Qatar urges 'shared role' in Syria after Saudi threat

Qatar has urged the international community to share the responsibility of funding humanitarian aid for Syria, after Saudi Arabia said Doha should foot the bill of US military presence there.

Syria blocks aid into Ghouta as donors pledge $4.4bn

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Syria blocks aid into Ghouta as donors pledge $4.4bn

The Syrian regime is yet to allow UN humanitarian aid into Eastern Ghouta since retaking it two weeks ago, as $4.4bn pledged toward Syria is ...

Bring Syria to peace talks, EU tells Russia, Iran

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Bring Syria to peace talks, EU tells Russia, Iran

The second round of Brussels talks on the future of Syria will see the EU press Assad backers Russia and Iran to engage in UN peace efforts.

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ultra-conservative practices, writes James M. Dorsey.

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Pompeo scrapes through Senate confirmation panel after Paul's U-turn

The nominee for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured a shock approval from a Senate panel, amid fears his bellicose approach to ...

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European MPs urge US not to scrap Iran deal

Hundreds of lawmakers from Europe called on the US Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, as concerns grow for the pact Donald ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudanese FM fired after exposing plight of unpaid diplomats

Sudan's foreign minister was fired on Thursday after admitting that the Sudanese government has not been giving enough funds to pay the salaries ...

Western Sahara proves sticking point in EU-Morocco fisheries deal

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Western Sahara proves sticking point in EU-Morocco fisheries deal

The EU finds itself obliged to either include Western Sahara in renewing the agreement, a breach of its own law, or cancel the trade accord with ...

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Russia says chemical attack investigation in Syria's Douma 'unnecessary'

A push by the United States, France and Britain at the United Nations to establish a new chemical weapons investigation in Syria is "untimely", ...

France earmarks 50 million euros for Syria aid projects

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France earmarks 50 million euros for Syria aid projects

Macron said the decision was made "in the face of the critical humanitarian situation" in the war-torn country.

Theresa May defends Syria strikes in Commons showdown

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Theresa May defends Syria strikes in Commons showdown

The UK leader defended taking military action against Syria on the weekend without seeking parliamentary approval as British lawmakers vent ...

Promoting cultural <em>diplomacy</em> between Oman and US through Arabic

Austin Bodetti

Promoting cultural diplomacy between Oman and US through Arabic

Society: Oman has turned an academic connection with the Western world into an opportunity to promote cultural diplomacy, sponsoring ...

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal <em>diplomacy</em>

Marcus Montgomery

Washington has no plan for post-Iran deal diplomacy

Comment: The ultimate danger of 'tearing up' the deal is diplomatic isolation, and a slow march towards military conflict, writes Marcus ...

Alex Macheras

How Riyadh is using airspace as a geopolitical weapon

Analysis: Having granted permission for flights to Israel to use its politicised airspace, Riyadh's exclusion of Qatar takes on renewed severity as a geopolitical weapon, writes aviation analyst Alex Macheras.

James M. Dorsey

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Trump urges Saudi Arabia to restore ties with Qatar

US President Donald Trump urged both Riyadh and Doha to end the Qatar crisis months after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a siege ...

Emile Nakhleh

Inauspicious anniversaries and lessons unlearned

Comment: Since, 9/11, the Iraq War and the Arab Spring, Washington has failed to reset its relations with the Middle East, writes Emile Nakhleh.

The Iran deal is not yet dead

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

The Iran deal is not yet dead

Comment: The JCPOA wasn't just an arms deal, but a recognition that world must engage with Iran - and that is something which cant be killed, ...

Emile Nakhleh

Pompeo's appointment bodes ill for the Middle East

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state does not bode well for the people of the Middle East, and could damage US standing in the ...

A tale of two secretaries: Exit Tillerson, enter Pompeo

Marcus Montgomery

A tale of two secretaries: Exit Tillerson, enter Pompeo

Comment: Mike Pompeo will likely enable Trump's worst tendencies, writes Marcus Montgomery.

Tillerson sacking spells further trouble for Iran accord

The New Arab & agencies

Tillerson sacking spells further trouble for Iran accord

Tillerson's exit from office may spell further trouble for the fragile nuclear accord as he is replaced by Iran hawk Mike Pompeo.

Turkey-Arab relations 'not in best state': UAE official

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Turkey-Arab relations 'not in best state': UAE official

The UAE's foreign minister tweeted on Saturday that Turkey's policies should deal with its Arab neighbours 'wisely and rationally'.

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