In the years prior to taking office, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and many of their administration’s top officials harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s lack of action against Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Biden is now facing criticism for not following through on campaign promises to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the killing.
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After Farhan congratulated Blkinken on his senior administration appointment, Riyadh said it was eager to work with Washington to face their „common challenges,“ specifying that the Islamic Kingdom was ready to promote „security and stability“ in the Middle East.
The two men also discussed „historical and strategic relations“ between their countries, SPA added.
Saudi-Arabien und die mit ihm alliierten Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate fordern, dass die Golfstaaten in künftige Atomgespräche einbezogen werden. Diese sollten auch die ballistischen Raketen des Iran umfassen und seine Unterstützung für Stellvertreter in der Region.
“The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties to it are clear and unchangeable,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted by state media as saying.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have said that Gulf states must be part of any JCPOA negotiations this time, and that the talks must also address Iran’s ballistic-missile program and its support for proxies across the Middle East.
Macron stressed the need to avoid repeating what he called the mistake of excluding other countries in the region from discussions when the 2015 deal was negotiated, according to Al Arabiya.
The crown prince and president reviewed relations between the Kingdom and France and opportunities for joint cooperation during the call.
Not clear if moves are “defensive” because expect US attack, or are signals Iran preparing for operations in the Gulf against the US, official said. #Iran
The last few days saw reports of B-52s making their way from North Dakota to the Gulf, of an Israeli submarine passing in the Suez Canal and of Trump’s intention to deliver one final blow against Tehran
Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 9-12.
„It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,“ Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. „It is very, very important to create the axis which isolates Iran.“
He added: “If there is a new deal in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous deal, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of the missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so forth, then we will be all for it.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli sources said Monday.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also attended the meeting, which took place in the city of Neom, according to the sources.
The Saudi court ruled that the killing was not premeditated — though the CIA has previously concluded that the prince personally ordered Khashoggi’s murder.
When ground radios failed to work, Saudi pilots had to fly low enough to use their cellphones to communicate with mission control. Mohammed bin Salman had assured his father and U.S. officials the Yemen operation would be over in a couple of months. Five years on, the Saudi-led air campaign continues. Airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians, and Yemen is now considered the largest humanitarian disaster in the world.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a broad security crackdown by rounding up royal rivals, government officials and military officers in an effort to quash potential challenges to his power, Saudi royals and advisers familiar with the matter said Saturday.
Salmans Bruder Prinz Ahmed bin Abdulasis Al Saud und seinem Neffen Prinz Mohammed bin Naif werde „Verrat“ zur Last gelegt, berichtete die US-Zeitung „Wall Street Journal“ („WSJ“) unter Berufung auf nicht näher genannte Quellen. Den Berichten zufolge soll Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman hinter den Verhaftungen stecken.
The joint Saudi–US joint exercise titled “Marine Defender” kicked off in the Persian Gulf on Sunday.
The Pentagon’s deployment of new radar, air defense and other military assets to the Gulf nation was discussed during talks Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held with Saudi officials this week.
Milley, in his first visit to this key U.S. ally since becoming President Trump’s chief military adviser this fall, met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other leaders during his visit.
International sei nicht genug unternommen worden, um den Mord an dem saudi-arabischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi aufzuklären, kritisierte Callamard in einem heute veröffentlichten Interview mit der Plattform Business Insider Deutschland. Die nationalen Parlamente rief sie dazu auf, ihre Regierungen zu neuen Ermittlungen in dem Fall aufzufordern.
The Saudi Press Agency is reporting that King Salman bin Abdulaziz received David Cameron in Riyadh this morning. Happy Halloween!
King Salman tells the Russian president that leaders in Riyadh ‚look forward to working with Russia to achieve security and fight terrorism‘ in the Middle East
During the talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the current state of and prospects for multifaceted Russia-Saudi Arabia cooperation, including in trade, the economy and investment, are expected to be reviewed.
There will be an exchange of views on pressing issues on the international agenda, primarily the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will begin his visit to Saudi Arabia, which has suffered from an attack on its oil facilities a month ago. He has one thing in his mind – touting Russia’s missile defense system.
At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
The Saudi stance on the issue was conveyed to India in a two-hour-long meeting between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday, sources told ANI.
U.S. President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate a son of his political rival Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers reported Wednesday to the first meeting of a pre-indictment hearing on three separate corruption cases. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, meanwhile, has been embarrassed by the mysterious shooting death of the personal bodyguard to King Salman, the crown prince’s father.
This entire narrative stinks. Seems to me that Trump’s continued refusal to start a unilateral military attack against Iran (despite implied Saudi urging) has stumped MBS (Saudi Defense Minister), and the whole war scenario now seems to be de-escalating.
„Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,“ in the event of greater conflict with Iran, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS 60 Minutes.
The warning comes two weeks after a drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities that Riyadh and Washington blame on Iran.
He would have nothing to gain — and every-thing to lose — by jumping into another Gulf quagmire, not least when it comes to his chances of re-election. He is in tune with the overwhelming majority of Americans horrified at the prospect of war with Iran in defence of the House of Saud. Opinion polls show huge majorities — among both Democrat and Republican voters — opposed to any such action. Evangelical Christians support war, because they believe it would make Israel safer. But they would vote for Trump come what may.
For Saudi Arabia, this spells disaster.
While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC.
A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week.
NEW YORK — The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Monday blamed Iran for an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on September 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
“The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery,” the three countries added
“It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack,” the leaders of the three European powers said. “There is no other explanation.”
Saudi Arabia overtook Russia to become the country’s top supplier in June with 7.72 million tonnes, or 1.88 million bpd, up 84.1% from a year earlier and compared with 1.11 million bpd in May.
Arrivals from Russia reached 7.15 million tonnes, or 1.74 million bpd, up 45.5% from a year earlier and compared with 6.36 million bpd in May.
Putin, speaking after talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told a news conference the deal – which is due to expire on Sunday – would be extended in its current form and with the same volumes.
In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.
Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said.
The ministry expects the establishment of the Joint Research Centre to lay the foundation for long-term research cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the development of domestic nuclear energy technology.
During the meeting, the two countries agreed on technical cooperation to support the creation and licensing of a small smart nuclear reactor and the development of the next generation of SMART.
Beyond traditional fields like construction and energy, the two nations are seeking to increase the scope of cooperation into other sectors, including ICT, nuclear power and health care.
The heavily guarded compound was already on a heightened state of alert after nonemergency personnel there and at the United States Consulate in the northern city of Erbil were ordered last week to leave.
The order came after the Trump administration announced that new intelligence indicated a heightened risk that Iranian forces or proxies were considering an imminent attack on American forces or interests in the Persian Gulf or Iraq.
One spark—a rogue militia attack on US forces in Iraq, a battle involving Iran-allied forces in Syria or Lebanon, an incident in the Persian Gulf—could set off the conflagration that Trump’s advisers seem to want.
Who else wants war? It isn’t just Bolton, who has advocated war with Iran for many years. Joining Bolton on what Zarif calls the “B Team” are Bibi, bin Salman, and bin Zayed (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the effective ruler of the United Arab Emirates). Together, they represent Trump’s Coalition of the Killing.
In other words, the Trump administration is escalating tensions with Iran based on intelligence reports from Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have us believe that this isn’t the first time he has been responsible for the actions of the Trump administration.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”
According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israeli officials conveyed information gathered largely by the Mossad on an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target, details of which were not provided to the network.
Among them, the trio of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It’s no coincidence that these countries have courted the White House since Trump entered office in January 2017 — they saw the incoming administration as an ally against Iran.
Das britische Unterhaus hat am späten Abend ein Gesetz gebilligt, das die Regierung zu einem weiteren Brexit-Aufschub verpflichten soll. Der Gesetzesvorschlag durchlief an nur einem Tag alle drei Lesungen im Unterhaus. Er wurde in dritter Lesung mit 313 zu 312 Stimmen angenommen.
Die weitere grundsätzliche politische Frage ist: Wer hat noch was im Griff? Denn die Zeit drängt: Sollte weiterhin keine Einigung auf einen Vertrag gelingen, muss Großbritannien nunmehr am 12. April die EU verlassen. Mit einem Abkommen gilt eine Frist bis zum 22. Mai.
Er verwies dabei auf eine Regelung aus dem frühen 17. Jahrhundert, wonach dieselbe Vorlage nicht beliebig oft zur Abstimmung gestellt werden kann. Wenn es sich dagegen um „einen neuen Vorschlag“ handele, sei „alles in Ordnung“.
(7.12.2018) The countries gathered in Vienna are part of the so-called OPEC+ super-cartel, which includes ten non-OPEC members such as Russia and Kazakhstan. Together, they possess unprecedented influence over the world economy, controlling 55% of global oil supplies and 90% of proven reserves.
(2.12.2018) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts as Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend their accord to manage the oil market, known as Opec+, into 2019, following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit between Mr Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
(17.6.2018) „This means that the concerted efforts of the OPEC oil cartel, which is regulated first and foremost by the Saudis, and the group of independent oil producing countries led by Russia proved their effectiveness in terms of coordinated actions on global markets. And if this global control mechanism is working, there’s no reason to alter it or get rid of it even as things have finally stabilized,“ the analyst said.
Das britische Parlament (House of Commons, „Unterhaus“) wird den am 29. März rechtskräftig werdenden Austritt des Landes aus der „Europäischen Union“ wieder aufheben und dessen „Verschiebung“ beschließen.
Damit fliegt die Demokratie-Simulation im Zuge der „Globalisierung“ auch im Vereinigten Königreich auf.
Analyse, Hintergründe, Livestream.
Für die Anhänger eines harten Brexit sind all diese Vorstöße eine offene Herausforderung. Einige dieser Brexiteers überlegen sogar die Queen zu Hilfe zu rufen.
Sie soll Entscheidungen, die das Parlament gegen den Willen der Regierung trifft, nicht absegnen. Das steht der Herrscherin zwar zu, genutzt aber hat es einer ihrer Vorgänger zuletzt vor 300 Jahren .
The government didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the modified plan posted online.
King Salman confirmed his invitation to Vladimir Putin to visit Saudi Arabia. It was agreed to work out the terms of such a visit through diplomatic channels.
The leaders exchanged views on the Syrian issue and the state of affairs in the Middle East in general. The situation around the ‘Jamal Khashoggi case’ was also addressed.
Saudische Repressionsbehörden werden dabei nicht nur von deutschen Firmen mit modernster Spionagetechnologie beliefert, sondern auch von deutschen Polizisten trainiert. Dies gilt nicht nur für die Ausbildung saudischer Grenzbeamter durch die Bundespolizei, die bis heute stattfindet und auch in Zukunft durchgeführt werden soll; Berichten zufolge nahmen daran auch saudische Geheimdienstoffiziere teil, und es wurde unter anderem der „Umgang mit sogenannten Großlagen wie Demonstrationen“ geübt. Darüber hinaus ist vor allem das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) seit Jahren mit Trainingsmaßnahmen in Saudi-Arabien präsent. So wurden bereits im Jahr 2009 Mitarbeiter des saudischen Innenministeriums und des Geheimdienstes GID (General Intelligence Directorate) von BKA-Mitarbeitern zum Thema „Internetkriminalität im Terrorismus-Bereich“ geschult. Lehrgänge für den GID hat das BKA unter anderem auch im Juni 2013 und im Mai 2015 durchgeführt; daneben kam es mehrmals in Riad und in Wiesbaden zu einem fachlichen „Informationsaustausch“. Gegenstand des einwöchigen Lehrgangs von Ende Mai bis Anfang Juni 2015 in Riad war „Terrorismusbekämpfung“.
(12.4.2018) Spain’s King Felipe VI met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as defence minister and also controls economic policy for the world’s top oil exporter, at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, before hosting a luncheon in his honour attended by senior Spanish officials and businessmen. The Saudi prince then held talks behind closed doors with Defence Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan that the kingdom was very much interested in investing heavily in a bid to strengthen its trade ties with Pakistan.
Und so sieht sich der 32-jährige Thronfolger auf dem richtigen Weg mit seinen Frontalattacken, die alle Kritiker – egal, ob außen oder innen – zum Schweigen bringen sollen. Bisher mit Erfolg: Weder die USA noch irgendein anderes westliches Land sprangen Ottawa in dem diplomatischen Krach zur Seite. Auch daheim wagt niemand, Kritik an dem rabiaten Vorgehen zu üben.
Der Ölstaat markiert in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal in Cannes Präsenz. Und will die internationale Kinowelt erobern.
Unter dem inoffiziellen Begriff Habsburgermonarchie – auch Habsburger, Habsburgische oder österreichische Monarchie, Donaumonarchie oder Habsburgerreich – fasst die Geschichtswissenschaft die europäischen Herrschaftsgebiete zusammen, die das Haus Habsburg (seit 1736 Habsburg-Lothringen) vom ausgehenden Mittelalter bis 1918 direkt regierte.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call from British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
House of Saud heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid on Thursday, in the face of fierce criticism over sales of military equipment to the kingdom.
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Prince Mohammed, 32, met with the 40-year-old French leader for a private meal in the former royal palace-turned-museum in Paris ahead of their official rounds of meetings and a state dinner on Tuesday. Macron and Mohammed, who is on his first visit to France as Crown Prince, already met in Riyadh in November.
(8.3.2018) In remarks reportedly made this week in a meeting with Egyptian newspaper editors, he pointed to a “triangle of evil” in the Middle East made up of Iran — Riyadh’s perennial foe — Islamist extremist groups and Turkey. His rhetoric seemed to echo the notorious „axis of evil“ bluster of the George W. Bush administration.
The inclusion of Turkey raised eyebrows and sparked an angry backlash on Turkish social media.
(4.April) The Judge ruled that it was insufficient to prove that the Saudi „charity“ funded Al Qaeda. The Plaintiffs needed to show that the SHCBH had explicitly funded the 9/11 hijackers for that specific attack. The head of the SHCBH at the time of the money transfers was Prince Salman, now the King of Saudi Arabia and the father of MBS.
The US tour of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a triumph of multi-million-dollar post-truth public relations
“We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” he told TIME Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.
Bin Salman, a 32-year old who last year disrupted the line of succession when he became next in line for the Saudi throne, has emerged as the most powerful Saudi ruler in decades. In addition to being selected as the crown prince, he serves as First Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and Minister of Defense.