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Erdogan insulted the EU long before “SofaGate”

  • There has been widespread uproar at what was seen as misogynistic and insulting treatment meted out by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. At a meeting in Ankara last week, hosted by Erdogan for von der Leyen and European Council Presi...
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Research shows Arabs have a huge appetite for ‘Brand Japan’

  • Cordial business, trading and cultural relations have long existed between Japan and the Arab world. Japan is one of the region’s most important economic and diplomatic partners. A major part of Japan’s energy imports come from Gulf Cooperation Council countries (40 percent from Saudi Arabia ...
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From Tokyo to Toronto: Why attacking Saudi Aramco affects the whole world

  • I write this column from Tokyo, where I am a guest of the G1 Institute at its annual international conference. On the eve of the conference, I met a number of participants, high-level Japanese officials and business executives, and they all expressed grave concern for, and total sympathy with, ...
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The Saudi ‘Green Card’ gets a green light

  • The Saudi Shoura Council has voted in favor of a new residency scheme for expatriates. Once approved and implemented by the government, it is likely to resolve many outstanding issues with a current immigration system that is complex, bureaucratic, restrictive and often difficult to navigate. ...
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What next for Sudan?

  • Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum on April 11, 2019 after the army's announcement that President Omar Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council. (REUTERS) Omar Al-Bashir has ruled Sudan for almost as long as I have ...
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Closer Saudi-Indian ties essential for Asia’s rise

  • A few days ago, we ran an interview in this newspaper with Parag Khanna, the author of a recently published book called “The Future Is Asian.” He described in fascinating detail how the new world could be led by Asia. It goes without saying that India and Saudi Arabia can occupy central roles i...
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The significance of the Saudi crown prince’s Pakistan visit

  • Saudi-Pakistani relations have always been exceptionally close. So what, then — one may ask — is special about the current visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad? Deeply rooted ties and mutual interests aside, we should not belittle the importance of the personal bond that was...
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Winter at Tantora, but a spring for Saudi cultural diplomacy

  • A year ago, Saudi-Lebanese ties were going through one of the toughest periods in the history of relations between the two countries. The debacle around the circumstances of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sudden resignation in Riyadh had fueled doubts about the Kingdom’s intentions for Lebanon. ...
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Saudi women driving is about much more than... women driving

  • Journalism, they say, is “the first rough draft of history.” I never felt this to be more true than when I filed this column shortly after midnight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. And of all the places I have filed my column from, I never thought one of the most significant would be the passenger seat...
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Israeli-Palestinian peace remote, but still possible

  • Seven decades is a long time for a wound to remain open. This is the least that can be said about the Palestinian “Nakba” (Arabic for “catastrophe”) — the 70th anniversary of which falls today.  As with a biological wound, lack of treatment leads to complications and infections. The colle...
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