Obama-GCC talks set for May 13, 14

Updated 30 April 2015
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Obama-GCC talks set for May 13, 14

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will welcome the six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in mid-May for talks on Iran’s nuclear program and the conflicts in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
The White House said Obama will meet with the leaders of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the White House on May 13 and then at Camp David, the presidential mountaintop retreat in Maryland, on May 14.
“The gatherings will be an opportunity for the leaders to discuss ways to enhance their partnership and deepen security cooperation,” the White House added.
The meeting was announced in early April by Obama, who is seeking to reassure Gulf states following a framework accord reached on Tehran’s contested nuclear program earlier in the month.
Obama has portrayed the Iran deal as necessary to reduce the chances of the combustible Middle East becoming even more unstable with the introduction of a nuclear-armed Iran.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.