US’s Pompeo meets Saudi leaders, cancels Kuwait visit

The US official is cutting short the rest of his Middle East trip to attend a family funeral

US secretary of state Pompeo urges GCC states to heal rift

Pompeo is currently on a tour of the Middle East

Kuwait expects more Arab countries to reopen embassies in Damascus

The UAE re-opened its embassy in Damascus last Thursday

UAE reopens embassy in Damascus

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, hinted at Syria’s potential readmission to the Arab League

Kuwait reshuffles cabinet, appoints new oil minister

Kuwait’s cabinet earlier accepted the resignation of Fadhel’s predecessor, Bakhit al-Rashidi, and three other ministers

Bahrain summons Iraqi diplomat over criticism from ex-PM Maliki

Bahrain described Maliki’s statements as “blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain”

Advance UN truce monitors arrive in Yemen’s Hodeidah

The warring parties in Yemen’s nearly four-year war reached the deal at UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden earlier this month

Anwar Gargash, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs

UAE minister dismisses Qatar’s statements on GCC crisis

Anwar Gargash accuses Doha of interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours

Bahrain foreign minister defends Australia’s decision on Jerusalem

Australia announced its formal recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Saturday

Bahrain holds parliamentary elections

The government said 506 candidates were running in the election, including the highest number of female candidates

GCC summit offers hope to end Qatar dispute – Kuwaiti minister

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt have cut all ties with Qatar

UK foreign minister expects ‘rapid progress’ in Khashoggi case after Saudi meet

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt met with the Saudi King and Crown Prince in Riyadh

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are both Democrats

Bahrain court overturns acquittal of opposition leaders

The court sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, opposition al-Wefaq group secretary general, to life in jail

Anwar Gargash, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs

UAE blames Iran’s ‘aggressive policies’ for US sanctions

The US will reintroduce far-reaching sanctions on Iran’s oil sales and banking sectors on Monday

Israeli PM Netanyahu makes rare visit to Oman

Netanyahu’s visit came days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas paid a three-day visit to the Gulf country

Bahrain says Iran-run social media accounts behind threats to poll candidates

Some candidates claimed to have received threats on social media asking them to withdraw their candidature

Bahrain to issue appeals ruling next month in Qatar spying case

The appeals case against opposition leader Ali Salman and two others was heard at the court on October 15

GCC, allies should ‘boycott’ companies backing out of Saudi summit – Al Habtoor

‘We can no longer trust Western handshakes that soon become slaps’, says Dubai businessman Al Habtoor

Dubai denies report that its airport was attacked by drone from Yemen

UAE officials had also dismissed reports of a Houthi drone attack on the Dubai airport last month

Saudi’s King receives call from Trump to discuss oil supplies

The call comes days after the US President criticised OPEC for high oil prices

Germany says it hopes Saudi ambassador will soon return to Berlin

Germany and Saudi have agreed to end a prolonged diplomatic row

Saudi Arabia rejects Iran’s claim it backed parade attack

Gunmen killed 25 people at a military parade in southwestern Iran over the weekend

UAE refutes Qatar’s allegations that it violated convention on discrimination

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017

Germany, Saudi agree to improve ties after diplomatic row

The diplomatic spat began in November

UAE official denies Iranian allegations of links to military parade attackers

The attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran killed 25 people

US seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

Iran has rejected US attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump exited the nuclear deal

Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders sign peace agreement in Jeddah

This is the second peace deal reached since July between the two African countries

Lebanese PM affirms support to Kuwait amid media controversy over Sheikh Sabah

Lebanon-based Al-Manar TV aired an interview with a journalist who made allegations against the Kuwaiti ruler

US says is committed to Canada, Saudi ties amid spat

Saudi has frozen new trade with Canada, expelled Ottawa’s ambassador and recalled its own ambassador