Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
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Regional Escalation May Motivate Kuwait to Overcome its Political Crisis

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)
The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel. (KUNA)

The Kuwaiti government held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday night in wake of the regional escalation between Iran and Israel.

The meeting was a real test to Kuwait as it grapples with a political crisis after caretaker Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem had reportedly declined to form a new cabinet.

The government had submitted its resignation after parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Sheikh Mohammed chaired Saturday’s extraordinary meeting that was aimed at addressing the regional escalation.

The government stressed its “keenness on addressing all circumstances and developments that may take place given the rapid events in the region.”

The ministers each presented a briefing on the preparations the concerned agencies have taken to confront the possible repercussions of the developments, such as providing essential services and goods for the citizens and residents.

The cabinet underscored the need to preserve security and stability in Kuwait.

The new National Assembly is set to convene for the first time on April 17.

Amid the regional tensions, observers said officials will likely resolve the dispute over the position of prime minister whereby Sheikh Mohammed may be tasked to form a new cabinet, or a new PM may be appointed.



King Salman to Undergo Treatment Program at Al-Salam Palace

Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
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King Salman to Undergo Treatment Program at Al-Salam Palace

Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters
Saudi Flag fluttering - File Photo/Reuters

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, completed medical examinations on Sunday at the Royal Clinics of Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.
According to a statement by the Royal Court, it was revealed that King Salman has lung inflammation, and will undergo a treatment program consisting of antibiotics at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah until the inflammation clears.


Saudi Arabia Says Following Reports About Raisi Helicopter with ‘Great Concern’

Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Saudi Arabia Says Following Reports About Raisi Helicopter with ‘Great Concern’

Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Rescue vehicles are seen following a crash of a helicopter carrying Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi, in Varzaqan, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran, May 19, 2024. Azin Haghighi/Moj News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Saudi Arabia expressed its support for Iran and said it was ready to provide any assistance required after a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said the Kingdom was following reports about the crash with "great concern,” according to the Saudi state news agency.


Saudi Foreign Minister Makes Phone Call to Pakistan’s Deputy PM and FM

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
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Saudi Foreign Minister Makes Phone Call to Pakistan’s Deputy PM and FM

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. SPA

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a phone call on Sunday to Pakistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ishaq Dar.

During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, opportunities for developing them in various fields, and discussed preliminary arrangements for the visit of the Crown Prince and Prime Minister to Pakistan, which will be scheduled at a later date through agreement between the two sides.

They also discussed the dangerous developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, as well as the latest regional and international developments.


Saudi King to Undergo Tests at Al Salam Palace Royal Clinics in Jeddah

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
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Saudi King to Undergo Tests at Al Salam Palace Royal Clinics in Jeddah

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz will undergo medical tests on Sunday due to "high temperature and joint pain,” state news agency SPA reported.

The examinations will be conducted at the royal clinics at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah.

“The treating medical team decided to conduct some examinations to diagnose his health condition and to check on his health,” the statement said.

 


Saudi Crown Prince, US National Security Adviser Discuss Strategic Agreements Between the 2 Countries

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince, US National Security Adviser Discuss Strategic Agreements Between the 2 Countries

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met to discuss Israel's war in Gaza and seek to complete a broad bilateral agreement, the Saudi state news agency reported on Sunday.

The meeting in the Saudi city of Dhahran included reviewing "the semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the two countries, which are almost being finalized," a statement read.
The Crown Prince and Sullivan also discussed the need to find a "credible track for bringing about the two-state solution" for Israel and the Palestinians, and to stop the war in Gaza and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid, the statement said.


Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UAE President in al-Khobar

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
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Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UAE President in al-Khobar

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan meet at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar. (Bader Al Asaker on X)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Friday United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in the Eastern Region.

Bader Al Asaker, head of the private office of the Crown Prince, posted on the X platform a photo of the two leaders at the al-Aziziya Palace in al-Khobar city.


Saudi King Salman Issues Royal Order Promoting 26 Judges at Board of Grievances

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
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Saudi King Salman Issues Royal Order Promoting 26 Judges at Board of Grievances

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued on Friday a royal order to promote 26 judges at the Board of Grievances.

President of the Board of Grievances and Administrative Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Yousef said the royal order underscores the keenness of the wise leadership on supporting the judiciary and developing its performance.


Saudi Crown Prince Receives Princes, Officials, Scholars, Citizens in Eastern Region

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives on Friday princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives on Friday princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Receives Princes, Officials, Scholars, Citizens in Eastern Region

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives on Friday princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, receives on Friday princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received on Friday princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens who came to greet him.

The audience at the Gulf Palace in Dammam was attended by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy, Prince Mishari bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, and a number of princes.


Arab Summit Calls for UN Forces to Protect Palestinians Ahead of Implementation of Two-State Solution

A handout photo made available by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) shows Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) posing for family photo with Arab leaders and participants at the 33rd Arab League Summit, in Manama, Bahrain, 16 May 2024. (EPA/BNA)
A handout photo made available by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) shows Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) posing for family photo with Arab leaders and participants at the 33rd Arab League Summit, in Manama, Bahrain, 16 May 2024. (EPA/BNA)
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Arab Summit Calls for UN Forces to Protect Palestinians Ahead of Implementation of Two-State Solution

A handout photo made available by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) shows Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) posing for family photo with Arab leaders and participants at the 33rd Arab League Summit, in Manama, Bahrain, 16 May 2024. (EPA/BNA)
A handout photo made available by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) shows Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) posing for family photo with Arab leaders and participants at the 33rd Arab League Summit, in Manama, Bahrain, 16 May 2024. (EPA/BNA)

Arab leaders called on Thursday for the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in the Palestinian territories who can protect civilians ahead of the implementation of the two-state solution.

The leaders met at the 33rd ordinary session of the Arab League Council in Manama, under the presidency of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to address the war on Gaza.

In a closing statement, the leaders underscored the importance of the two-state solution and the need for setting a timeframe for the political process and negotiations. They called for taking clear measures to that end.

They also called for holding a UN-sponsored international conference focusing on resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution and that would end the Israeli occupation of all Arab lands and establish an independent Palestinian state according to international resolutions.

The sovereign and viable Palestinian state would live in security and peace side-by-side with Israel, it added.

The leaders tasked the foreign ministers of Arab countries to “act immediately to communicate with the counterparts around the world to urge them to swiftly recognize the State of Palestine.”

Consultations will be held with the FMs to discuss the details of their efforts.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the establishment of an internationally recognized Palestinian state, demanding that the international community support ceasefire efforts in Gaza.

The Kingdom is committed to resolving conflicts through peaceful means, he stressed before the summit.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi underscored Cairo’s firm stance in rejecting the forced displacement of the Palestinian people, adding that “those who believe that security and military solutions can achieve interests or achieve security are delusional.”

He added that the region was at a crossroads “that demands that all concerned parties choose between either peace, stability and hope, or chaos and destruction that the ongoing military escalation is leading us to.”

Moreover, he noted that “history will look on long at the war in Gaza to record a major tragedy that has been marked by killing, reprisals and a siege on an entire people, their starvation and terrorization.”

He also criticized the international community’s “regrettable inability” to take any action to address the crisis.


Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UN Sec-Gen, Arab Leaders on Sidelines of Bahrain Arab Summit

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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Saudi Crown Prince Meets with UN Sec-Gen, Arab Leaders on Sidelines of Bahrain Arab Summit

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met on Thursday with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on the sidelines of the 33rd Arab Summit in Manama.

During the meeting, they reviewed the latest developments, particularly in Gaza and its surroundings.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, and Minister of State, Cabinet Member, and National Security Advisor Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban.

The Crown Prince also met with a number of Arab leaders, including King of Jordan, Syria's President, and Kuwait's Prime Minister.

During the separate meetings, the Crown Prince and Arab officials discussed the latest developments, particularly in Gaza and means to achieve peace and stability. They also discussed ways of bolstering relations between their countries and the Kingdom.