Gulf Arab officials in Washington for 2-week outreach effort

Officials and experts from Gulf Arab countries are in Washington to take part in a series of public lectures aimed at addressing issues of concern for the region under the Trump administration. (AFP)
Updated 02 May 2017
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Gulf Arab officials in Washington for 2-week outreach effort

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Officials and experts from Gulf Arab countries are in Washington for the next two weeks to take part in a series of public lectures aimed at addressing issues of concern for the region under the Trump administration.
Saudi Arabia’s Undersecretary for International Communication at the Information Ministry, Abdulmohsen Alyas says the talks will address “issues of misunderstanding and miscommunication” between the United States and its Gulf allies through direct and frank discussions on important issues.
The lectures at Washington-based think tanks, including the conservative American Enterprise Institute and the Atlantic Council, will run from Tuesday until May 12.
Speakers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain will discuss topics ranging from economic reforms in the region to developments in women’s rights, counterterrorism efforts and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.


Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

Updated 36 min 31 sec ago
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Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

  • ‘Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why’
  • The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday defended his decision to accept a ceasefire after the worst escalation with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war.
“In times of emergency, when making decisions crucial to security, the public can’t always be privy to the considerations that must be hidden from the enemy,” he said at a ceremony in honor of Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.
“Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why.”
The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government as well as from Israelis who live near the Gaza Strip and want further action against its Islamist rulers Hamas.