367 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Islamic "interfaith conference" applauds extremist al-Qardawi's partial boycott of Jews<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2008
The radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has a wide television audience, told the International Islamic Conference for Dialogue in Mecca that he would only talk to Jews who denounced Zionism. His speech at the Islamic Conference on Interfaith Dialogue opened by King Abdullah in Mecca which ended last week was greeted with the loudest applause of any other speaker.
Iran's Hashem Rafsanjani accused the US of "greedily trying to control the region's oil" and said Muslims should resist it.
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Exclusive: Saudi Crown Prince Sultan is dying<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 347 2 first disclosed May 2 that Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, America's staunchest ally in the royal house, Minister of Defense and head of the Sudairi branch of princes, is dying of cancer at his villa in Geneva, Switzerland.
His brother, interior minister Prince Nayef, is standing by in Riyadh expecting to succeed him. And he will not have too long to wait before he reaches the throne. King Abdullah, at 85, is praised by Western analysts for the wise reforms he has introduced but some of the younger princes say he is no longer up to coping with his royal duties.
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Oil hit $119.13 the barrel day after Saudis put oil capacity rise on hold<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2008
In a series of statements, including one by Saudi King Abdullah, the world's biggest oil producer suspended plans Monday for a further increase in long-term production capacity. debkafile reports: The Saudi warning to consumers that it sees no need for further expansion reversing their recent pledges to the US president George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. It is also challenged by the world's major consumers.
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Saudi citizens instructed to depart Lebanon with all possible speed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that this unprecedented order from the royal court in Riyadh on March 1 portends an unusual military outbreak in Lebanon. Kuwait quickly followed suit.
Standing by since Friday off the troubled Mediterranean shores of Lebanon, Israel and Gaza is the USS Cole guided missile destroyer opposite Lebanon. It was joined Monday by the USS Nassau amphibious warship and its strike group of six vessels carrying 2,800 marines, flight crews and sailors. US naval sources report that a third group will join them shortly.
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Hamas backers Saudi Arabia and Tehran Step into Gaza Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2008
According to debkafile's military sources, each of the estimated half a million Gazans in flight, one-third of the total population, received a $300 grant, which accounts for the shopping spree they could suddenly afford. Hamas was therefore willing to spend $150 million on a maneuver for seizing control of an enclave in northern Sinai.
In Riyadh, meanwhile, Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal is holding talks Monday with the Hamas bureau chief Khaled Meshal.
Iran has offered to airlift tons of foodstuffs and medicines to El Arish airport for Egyptian authorities to distribute to the Palestinians. This step would bring Iranian airplanes into the Egyptian-Israeli border region for the first time. Three of the forces most directly involved in these seminal events are pushed to the fringes of the game: The United States, Egypt and Israel.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2008
The foreign ministry in Riyadh warns citizens to stay clear of Lebanon in view of the "unstable political and security circumstances there right now."
Riyadh backs the pro-Western government of Lebanon which is challenged by the pro-Syrian opposition led by Hizballah amid increasing street clashes in recent days. the Saudis accuse Syria of the deadlock which has left Lebanon without a president since November. They are likely to stay away from the next Arab League summit which takes place in Damascus in March.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Saudis send extremist preacher Sheik Safar al Hawali to raise funds for Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2008
The Saudi Sheik Safar al Hawali is an eminent al Qaeda ideological authority and a close personal friend of Osama bin Laden. During US President George W. Bush's visit to Riyadh earlier this month, the Saudi security authorities placed him under house arrest and forbade him to issue a proclamation condemning the visit.
This week, Riyadh assigned the radical preacher the mission of launching a fund-raiser on behalf of Hamas in the oil kingdom and Gulf.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: In a polemical assault on Israel as a Jewish state, Saudi prince offers peace plan for "Arab Jews" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008
In an interview with Reuters, Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the US and UK, again touted the 2002 Saudi peace initiative requiring full Israeli withdrawal from "occupied Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese land" in return for "full normalization of relations." But Turki added a refinement: If Israel signed a comprehensive peace, "one can imagine the integration of Israel into the Arab geographical entity." He went on to say: "We will start thinking of Israelis as Arab Jews rather than simply as Israelis."
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Ahmadinejad takes part in pilgrimage at invitation of Saudi King Abdullah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2007
The Islamic Republic's first president to take part in the annual hajj, he announced he would be meeting officials as well as "the Great Muslim community."
debkafile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly have closely tracked the unfolding of the Saudi-brokered Washington-Tehran dialogue, moving on now to the evolution of Riyadh's own epic rapprochement with Tehran with the Bush administration's blessing.
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Saving Annapolis by Shifting its Focus to ... Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2007
With only hours to spare, the US organizers of the Middle East conference opening in Annapolis Tuesday decided to make the best of a forlorn event by switching its leitmotif from the intractable Israeli-Palestinian dispute to Iran - and its multiple threats to the Middle East.
The big star-studded show - the first Middle East conference in seven years - which US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had designed to produce a stunning breakthrough in the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict - was turning into a flop. There would be no joint Israeli-Palestinian declaration to cap the conference.
A number of White House gestures to single Olmert out for special favors are to be expected for the sake of burnishing the unpopular prime minister flagging prestige at home. In contrast, there has been no official reference to the defense minister's presence at Annapolis.
Israel's foreign policy-makers mostly ignore the Gulf. Therefore, they are not alert to the effect of creeping Iranian expansion.
Bush has decided at this late stage to take advantage of the broad Arab presence at Annapolis for an improvised attempt to turn the tide and cut US losses against Iran in the region. But matters may be sliding too fast for a radical remedy to come out of Maryland on Tuesday.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Assad steps up demands for Annapolis, <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2007
The Syrian president Bashar Assad is not satisfied with the offer delivered by the king for the Golan issue to be mentioned at the opening and closing of the event. He wants it on the conference table as the price for Syrian attendance. The Israeli cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Monday approved the release of 421 jailed prisoners as a "gesture" to Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span> Exclusive: New Arabian Oil Pipeline Network Will Detour Hormuz
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2007
Work on the first section of the Trans-Arabia Oil Pipeline begins November, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 313 revealed on August 10. This section, which will take 5 million barrels of oil a day from Saudi Arabia's Ras Tannura terminal, will be part of a vast five-pipeline network crisscrossing the Arabian Peninsula overland and bringing Gulf oil to world markets without recourse to the Straits of Hormuz and the lurking threat of Iranian closure.
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New Arabian Gulf Oil Pipeline Network Will Detour Hormuz
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2007
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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen have launched the vast Trans-Arabia Oil Pipeline project with encouragement from Washington, DEBKA-Net Weekly 313 revealed on Aug. 10, 2007. By crisscrossing Arabia overland, the net of oil pipelines will bypass the Straits of Hormuz at the throat of the Persian Gulf and so remove Gulf oil routes from the lurking threat of Iranian closure.
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The first Trans-Arabia pipeline will carry 5 million barrels of oil a day, almost one third of the 17 million barrels produced by Gulf emirates. The crude will be pumped through pipes running from the world's biggest oil terminal owned by Saudi Aramco at Ras Tannura, south to S. Yemen's oil port of Mukallah and west to the Red Sea port and industrial town of Yanbu north of Jeddah.
The $6 billion investment in the first stage will come from the participating governments within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council - GCC.
Rising regional tensions and the vulnerability of the Straits of Hormuz, the only maritime outlet for Gulf oil, to hostile blockade has galvanized the partners into urgent action to get the project up and running.

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America Refurbishes its Gulf-Red Sea Defenses against Iran Menace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2007
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The US Secretaries of State and Defense are traveling together - unusually - next week for a mission weighty enough for the Bush administration to deploy a double-barreled top team.
Built around a massive $20 bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it involves a broad boost for US defenses against Iran by means of a three-line deployment strategy across the Persian Gulf and Middle East devised by Secretary Gates.
The system, according to debkafile's sources, has three powerful components or levels:
The Iraq Level: US forces remaining in Iraq after the withdrawal would redeploy to giant extraterritorial land and air bases located mainly in the central and northern regions.
The Gulf Level: The US would double in size the armies and air forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman, and augment its military facilities in the Gulf region by expansion and new bases.
The Red Sea Level: Jordan and Israel military strength would form the backbone of this line supplemented by new American bases.
On April 27, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 298 divulged the plan when it was still on the drawing board:
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Israeli PM Olmert and FM Livni bound for Arab capitals to seek modifications of the Saudi peace plan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni met her Egyptian and Jordanian opposite numbers in Cairo Thursday. Prime minister Ehud Olmert has a face-to-face with King Abdullah 11 in Petra on May 15. This will be his first foreign trip since a scathing report on his management of the Lebanon War sparked demands for his resignation.
debkafile's Middle East sources say Israel's diplomatic effort will be in vain, given the revised Saudi approach to Tehran and its radical orientation.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Ambitious Saudi-Egyptian-Kuwaiti plan for two bridges to span Gulf of Aqaba could block Israel's outlet to Red Sea <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2007
One bridge across the Tiran Strait will span a distance of 25 km from the Saudi mainland at Ras el-Sheik Humayd to Tiran island; the second will carry traffic up to the Egyptian Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, becoming the first direct link between Arabia and Africa.
debkafile reports: Israel was not advised of the $3bn project or informed how international shipping in the Tiran Strait would be regulated - even though its military and economic interests are vitally affected.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Saudis uncover new al Qaeda ring backed by Iran. They detain 172 in air terror plot against oil sites<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2007
Saudis and foreign nationals were among the detainees. They included terrorists trained to fly aircraft and carry out suicide attacks against "public figures, oil facilities, refineries and military zones," said the interior ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki Friday.
debkafile's counter-terror sources say this ring was supported by and linked operationally to elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards which have begun infiltrating the Shiite community of the oil-rich Eastern Provinces to build terror networks.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Thirteen Arab League foreign ministers line up with radical bloc on talks with Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2007
Saudi foreign minister Saud al Faisal announced at the end of their Cairo meeting on April 18 that three teams will explain to world governments the plan's importance and lobby for its implementation. The fourth team will hold talks with Israel. debkafile adds: This is no breakthrough. The team charged with discussing the Saudi plan with Israel is restricted to Egypt and Jordan, which are in any case in regular official contact with the Israeli government.
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Iran Mends Fences with Arabs - Starting with Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007
The live wire at last week's Arab League summit in Riyadh was undoubtedly the non-Arab guest of honor, Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
He breezed around the Arab delegations hard-selling the notion of a mutual defense treaty between Iran and the Arabs on the lines of the Tehran-Damascus pact. Mottaki argued that a treaty of this kind would allay Arab fears of an Iranian nuclear threat, put a stop to a Middle East nuclear arms race, provide the Arabs with a protective umbrella against Israeli aggression and set up an Arab-Islamic front against US and other foreign intervention in the region.
The Iranian diplomat's proposition fell on willing ears.
Our source also reported exchanges between the Iranian and Egyptian delegations to the Arab summit last week on the resumption of diplomatic ties.

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Saudi King Abdullah at Arab summit attacks US deployment in Iraq as "illegitimate foreign occupation"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2007
In its coming issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly examines Riyadh's maneuvers, why and how the Saudis stalled Condoleezza Rice's latest Middle East mission.
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