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UN should hold Iran responsible for fate of Safer tanker

  • FSO Safer is a floating oil storage and offloading vessel that is moored in the Red Sea north of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah. It is holding more than 1.1 million barrels of crude oil. The vessel has not been properly maintained since 2014 and is showing increasing signs of stress. It is now ...
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How to stop Yemen’s vicious cycle of violence and misery

  • Visiting Yemen last week provided a stark reminder of the combustive volatility of the truce between the government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels. While the truce has been informally maintained since April 2022, it is on shaky ground, as the Houthi side has so far failed to deliver on the comm...
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The far-reaching implications of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor

  • A new acronym was minted in Delhi over the weekend: IMEC. On Saturday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, France, Germany, Italy, the US and the EU signed a deal during G20 meetings in New Delhi to establish the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor. The IMEC will comprise two separate corridor...
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Global disorder on display at the UN’s gathering of world leaders

  • Dignitaries from the UN’s 193 member states have descended on New York this week to take part in the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, which has been an annual event since the organization was founded in San Francisco in 1945. As the world shakes off its pandemic-imposed travel restric...
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The two sides of Iran’s diplomacy

  • There was a global sigh of relief when Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed in Beijing on March 10 to restore diplomatic ties after seven years of rupture. They also signaled a desire for dialogue and reconciliation. However, while Saudi Arabia has been genuinely trying to translate the Beijing under...
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UN’s campaign against Islamophobia an important move

  • This summer, the UN passed two major resolutions, one by the Human Rights Council and the other by the Security Council, on how to deal with bigotry and religious hatred around the world, including Islamophobia. Measured, balanced and nuanced, the new UN instruments could help in dealing with t...
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Israel-Hamas clashes and the new GCC-EU security dialogue

  • The Joint Council of EU and Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers started their two-day meeting in Muscat on Monday, two days after Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel. The annual meeting had a crowded agenda but the events in Israel and Gaza took priority. Initially, many were confused ...
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All eyes on US as GCC ministers condemn Israel’s war on Gaza

  • Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers on Tuesday held an extraordinary meeting in Muscat to discuss the new escalation in Israel’s war against Gaza. Before their meeting, they had an audience with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, indicating the importance Oman attaches to the crisis. A week earli...
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Historic Riyadh summit brings Asia’s east and west together

  • Riyadh hosted a historic summit last Friday between the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — the first ever — to chart a new strategic path toward greater integration between the two blocs. It was co-chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...
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Rules of war are being rewritten in Gaza

  • Israel has described its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, and its targeting of hospitals, schools, shelters, refugee camps and civilian cars, as lawful self-defense. While states, like individuals, have that right, international law has long put important restrictions on the exercise of that rig...
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