Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Washington on official visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in Washington on Tuesday, beginning his official visit to the United States, during which he will meet with the President Donald Trump More »

Saudi FM Jubeir: US-Saudi ties bound by ‘eight decades of mutual respect’

:: Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir hailed US-Saudi relations as “at their highest level ever.” More »

UAE minister Gargash: Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to US could be game changer

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US, which began on Tuesday, carries a special More »

Saudi envoy says historic relations with US nurtured by Democrats and Republicans

:: Seldom in human history do countries embark upon a resolute course correction to recalibrate a national economy and expand societal norms — without comprising religious sensibilities, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the More »

Saudi Crown Prince leaves Riyadh on official visit to Washington

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud left Riyadh on Monday on an official visit to the United States, during which he will meet with the President Donald More »


Tag Archives: Syria

UN envoy De Mistura: Syria partition ‘catastrophe’, fears return of ISIS

:: Syria is heading for a catastrophic partition and could see the return of ISIS if there is no inclusive peace settlement, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Monday. “The truth is that a soft, long-term partition of

Erdogan hopes Afrin will be ‘totally encircled’ by evening

:: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes Turkish forces will have completely encircled Afrin by Wednesday evening, a presidential source said, clarifying his earlier comments in a speech indicating the Kurdish-held Syrian city would fall by then. “In the president’s speech

Sick and injured start leaving Syria’s besieged Ghouta

:: Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year war began nearly a month ago. In another sign of success

Syrian rebel group says agreed evacuation of wounded from Ghouta

:: Jaish al-Islam, one of the main rebel groups in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, said on Monday it had reached an agreement with the government’s ally Russia to evacuate wounded people from the besieged enclave near Damascus. It communicated with Russia

Turkey’s Erdogan says Syria’s Afrin town under siege, entry imminent

:: Turkey’s military and its rebel allies have besieged the northern Syrian town of Afrin and were nearing its town centre, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, in what would mark a major advance in Turkey’s military operation. Turkey launched

Syria aid convoy on hold after Assad forces split the enclave in two

:: A top UN aid official appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian backers for a cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta on Thursday when a second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the

Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital, 45 dead

:: Syrian government forces seized vast swaths of territory including farmland in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday, effectively dividing the besieged enclave in two and further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media

UN Security Council meets to shore up Syria ceasefire

:: The UN Security Council met behind closed doors Wednesday to press Syria and Russia to comply with a ceasefire endorsed eleven days ago to allow humanitarian aid and medical evacuations from Eastern Ghouta. France and Britain requested the urgent

UNICEF: At least 1,000 children killed across Syria this year

:: At least 1,000 children have been killed across Syria so far this year, said Christophe Boulierac of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He said that living underground has become the norm in the besieged rebel-held enclave of eastern

Russian military plane crash in Syria kills 39

:: A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday killing all 39 people on board, Russian officials said, an incident that sharply raised the death toll from the Kremlin’s intervention in the Syrian war. President Vladimir Putin, who

Syria regime sends hundreds of reinforcements to Ghouta, UN rights chief raises doubts

:: The Syrian government’s offensive in the besieged rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta cannot be justified by its targeting of a few hundred fighters, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a speech on Wednesday. “Recent attempts

Saudi Cabinet slams violations in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday condemned ongoing human rights violations in Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian regime and allied militias, including indiscriminate bombing, the use of chemical weapons and the prevention of humanitarian access. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by

UN official: Hundreds killed despite Ghouta ceasefire, aid delivery “collapsed”

:: Russia and Syria clashed with the US and its Western allies Wednesday over responsibility for the failure of a cease-fire to take hold in Syria as the UN said humanitarian convoys are ready to head to 10 locations including

Syrian government ground forces attack Ghouta despite Russian truce plan

:: Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despite a Russian plan for five-hour daily ceasefires, a war monitor and sources on both sides said.

Britain may join US strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven

:: Britain would consider joining US military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. Johnson said he hoped Britain and other Western nations would

US general: Washington cooperating with Riyadh to secure Bab el-Mandeb navigation

:: The US is worried about Yemen’s Houthi militia threatening international navigation in Bab el-Mandeb, Joseph Votel, the commander of the United States Central Command, said speaking to a House of Representatives Armed Services Committee hearing. The US general said

One child killed since Syrian enclave ‘truce’ began

:: A few hours after announcing a five-hour truce declared by Russia on Tuesday morning, Syrian activists reported the killing of two civilians following the bombing of an exit path for the civilians stranded in the eastern Ghouta. The Syrian

UN experts: North Korea sent banned chemical items to Syria

:: UN experts say North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of UN sanctions, and it transferred banned ballistic missiles systems to Myanmar. The panel of experts

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