Arab Summit in Riyadh delayed until April — state minister

A picture taken on March 27, 2017 shows a general view of the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers during the 28th Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, south of the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP)
Updated 07 March 2018
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Arab Summit in Riyadh delayed until April — state minister

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has postponed an upcoming Arab Summit in Riyadh to April, saying the original date in late March clashed with Egypt’s presidential election, the Saudi chairman of an Arab League meeting said on Wednesday.
At a joint press conference with Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Ahmed Al-Qattan, state minister for African affairs, also said that the Arab states will seek to prevent Israel from gaining a rotating seat on the UN Security Council in 2019.
Winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority in the 193-nation General Assembly. Candidates are proposed by the five regional groups but election to the council is done by the full assembly.


Bahrain arrests 15 Iran-backed vandals for trying to spread Ashura ‘chaos’

Updated 26 September 2018
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Bahrain arrests 15 Iran-backed vandals for trying to spread Ashura ‘chaos’

  • Officers detained the 15 men in Malkiya
  • An investigation had revealed that the Iran had financed the group

Bahrain announced on Tuesday the arrest of “15 vandals for indulging in abusive activities to cause chaos” during the Ashura season, state news agency BNA reported. 

Officers detained the 15 men in Malkiya, a police statement said.

The Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science said that an investigation had revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards had financed the operation through “terrorists living as fugitives in Iran.” 

The Director-General said the group mainly consisted of members from the “February 14 group.”

The February 14 group was behind mass protests in 2011.

He said the investigation had also shown the gang was directed by a person who had been arrested in February 2018 on terrorism charges.