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Hamdok Optimistic for Burhan-Hemedti Meeting

Interviews Abdullah Hamdok, Sudan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum)

Hamdok Optimistic for Burhan-Hemedti Meeting

Abdalla Hamdok, Sudan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), is optimistic about a potential…

Asharq Al Awsat (Cairo)
Interviews Shao Zheng, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Yemen. (Photo Credit: Bashir Saleh)

China Backs Yemeni Gov’t, Engages Houthis, Opposes Red Sea Attacks

A Chinese diplomat announced that Beijing is working with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, the five permanent UN Security Council members, and…

Abdulhadi Habtor (Riyadh)
Interviews The co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Salih Muslim: Self-Administration Firm on Northeast Syria Elections Schedule

Salih Muslim, the co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main party of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), reaffirmed…

Asharq Al Awsat (Qamishli)
Interviews Fakhri Karim (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Fakhri Karim: I Conveyed Talabani’s Advice to Assad on Terrorists

The late Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, excelled at delivering messages subtly. In private meetings, he spoke more freely than in public statements or…

Ghassan Charbel (London)
Interviews Fakhri Karim, senior adviser to late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, speaks to Asharq Al-Awsat. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Fakhri Karim: My Complaint to Sistani on Corruption Spurred Suggestion of Saddam-Era Minister

In post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, the prime minister's office gained significant power. It became customary for the prime minister to be Shiite, the president…

Ghassan Charbel (London)

Interviews Fakhri Karim during his interview with Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat Ghassan Charbel. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Fakhri Karim: Nouri al-Maliki Saw Mosul as ‘Dagger in the Side’

Last February, Iraqi politician and publisher Fakhri Karim narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Baghdad, sparking many questions about the motive…

Ghassan Charbel (London)
Interviews Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar

Pakistan FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Eastern Neighbor’s Ambitions Fueled by Dominance Desire

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy a special relationship with close cooperation on many issues. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar described this…

Saeed al-Abyad (Jeddah)
Interviews Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi during his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat (Yemeni Presidency)

Al-Alimi to the Houthis: Lift the Siege on Yemenis First

Recalling a history of mediations and support, the head of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi, is counting on “the experience of the…

Fathiya al-Dakhakhni (Aden)
Interviews Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Austrian FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Saudi Arabia Is a Key Strategic Partner

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg underscored joint efforts between Riyadh and Vienna to ease tensions in the Middle East and highlighted the…

Fatehelrahman Yousif (Riyadh)
Interviews Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak (Getty Images)

Zebari to Asharq Al-Awsat : Iraq's Sunnis Feel Marginalized, Security Agencies Compromised

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s ex-Foreign Minister, was deeply involved in key domestic and international matters. In a recent interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, he…

Ghassan Charbel (London)
Interviews Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receiving Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Tehran in April 2007 (Getty)

Zebari to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Heard Tehran’s Frank Explanation on Militia Roles

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari doesn't believe that Iraqi-US relations will completely fall apart, but he’s worried about security and economic…

Ghassan Charbel (London)
Interviews Former Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

Hamdok to Asharq Al-Awsat: Manama Agreement Complements Jeddah Platform

Former Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok described the agreement between the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Shams al-Din al…

Ahmed Younes (Addis Ababa)
Interviews British military expert Glen Grant.

Military Analyst to Asharq Al-Awsat: Ukrainian Frontline Is Vulnerable, Army Struggles with Reserve Shortage

In an exclusive interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, British military expert Glen Grant discussed the ongoing situation on the Ukrainian-Russian front as the second…

Chadi Abdel Sater
Interviews Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AFP)

Abbas to Asharq Al-Awsat : Gaza is PA Responsibility, Will Act Upon Ceasefire

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for the Gaza Strip and ready to act once Israeli attacks stop…

Ghassan Charbel (London)
Interviews Dr. Khaled Al-Biyari, Saudi Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs. (Saudi Ministry of Defense)

Al-Biyari to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Promote Military Industries through Localization to Maximize Economic Impact

Dr. Khaled Al-Biyari, Saudi Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs, said the localization of the military industries maximizes the economic impact…

Mosaed al-Zayani (Riyadh)
Interviews Djibouti’s President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Djibouti President: We Are Monitoring Red Sea Developments, Reject Targeting of Our Land

Djibouti’s President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh stated that his country is closely following recent developments in the Bab el-Mandeb region and the Gulf of Aden. …

Abdulhadi Habtor (Djibouti)
Interviews Indian Defense Minister Ajay Bhatt in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat (PHOTO CREDIT: Mishaal al-Qadir)

New Delhi Pursues Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Riyadh

Indian Defense Minister Ajay Bhatt has expressed India's interest in collaborating with Saudi Arabia on joint defense projects and technology transfers…

Fatehelrahman Yousif (Riyadh)

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Interviews Participants at the Third Annual Congress for Arab Media Professionals, organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union in Tunis. Asharq Al-Awsat

AI Threatens 300 Million Jobs Globally

International media, communication, and new technologies experts have discussed the positive and negative effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Arab…

Kamal bin Younes (Tunis)
Interviews Egyptian Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ghada Shalaby (Photo: Adnan Mahdali)

Egyptian Official to Asharq Al-Awsat: Recovery of Saudi Tourism Reflects on Arab Region

Egyptian Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ghada Shalaby told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia’s recent achievements in the tourism sector benefit…

Ibrahim al-Qurashi (Jeddah)
Interviews Girls carrying food containers in a temporary camp in Rafah, near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)

ICRC to Asharq Al-Awsat: Israel, Hamas Do Not Allow Us to Visit Detainees

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that since Oct. 7, 2023, the Israeli authorities have suspended visits to Palestinian detainees in its…

Abdulhadi Habtor (Riyadh)
Interviews Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud during his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat in Cairo (Photo: Abdel Fattah Farag)

Somali President to ‘Asharq Al-Awsat’ : No Talks with Sisi on War Declaration against Ethiopia

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat after a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, played down the possibility…

Khaled Mahmoud (Cairo)
Interviews Phillipe Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Photo: UN

Lazzarini Warns Via Asharq Al-Awsat of Imminent Famine in Gaza

Famine in Gaza is “imminent,” warns UNRWA, if the international community does not step up its aid to more 2.2 million Palestinian civilians in the Strip. …

Ali Barada (Washington )
Interviews Yemen Oil Minister Dr. Saeed Al-Shammasi (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Yemeni Oil Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Plan to Establish Refineries in Shabwa, Hadramout

Yemeni Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saeed Al-Shammasi, expressed the government’s full readiness to resume the export of crude oil and liquefied…

Abdulhadi Habtor (Riyadh)
Interviews Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein

Iraqi FM: Iran Can't Strike Israel, Yet Targets Friendly Ally

Hours before Iraq lodged a complaint against Iran at the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein criticized Iran’s attack on Erbil, calling it an …

Najlaa Habriri (Davos )
Interviews Protesters commemorate the children killed in Gaza during a demonstration in New York City on December 28 (AFP)

James Zogby to Asharq Al-Awsat: Arab Americans ‘Fearful,’ Won’t Vote for Biden

James Zogby, head of the American-Arab Institute in Washington, disclosed to Asharq Al-Awsat that President Joe Biden’s popularity has significantly dropped…

Interviews Sudan’s National Umma Party Chairperson Fadlallah Baramah (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Baramah to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sudan War Lacks Clear Purpose or Justification

The leader of Sudan’s National Umma Party, Fadlallah Baramah, described the signing of the “Addis Ababa Declaration” between the Civil Democratic Forces…

Ahmed Younes (Addis Ababa )
Interviews Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli raid on a house in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on Thursday. (Reuters)

Al-Dardari to Asharq Al-Awsat: Gaza Regressed 21 Years in Human Development

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Regional Director for Arab States, Abdullah Al-Dardari, said that numbers published in the media “cannot…

Mohammed Khair al-Rawashdeh (Amman)
Interviews Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yalchin Rafiyev (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Deputy FM of Azerbaijan to Asharq Al-Awsat: Relentless Efforts for Comprehensive Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yalchin Rafiyev stressed Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in enhancing security and stability in the region, and…

Fatehelrahman Yousif (Riyadh)
Interviews Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak (Saba News Agency)

Yemeni FM to Asharq Al-Awsat: Houthis Exploit Red Sea Security for Propaganda Purposes

Yemen’s Houthis are exploiting the security of the Red Sea for internal propaganda purposes, warned Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak, emphasizing that…

Abdulhadi Habtor (Riyadh)