281 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Arab League Summit
To get at Obama and Kerry, Arab League summit drafts hard-line ultimatums for Israeli-Palestinian peace track
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2014

The Arab League summit opening in Kuwait Tuesday, March 25, is set to carry hard-line ultimatums as a means of derailing US-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli talks and as a red flag for President Barack Obama three days before he lands in Riyadh. debkafile: They will insist on a veto on recognizing Israel as the Jewish national state, mandating all parts of East Jerusalem, including Al Quds al Sharif (Temple Mount) and the entire Old City of Jerusalem, as the capital of a Palestinian state; and the immediate release of all Palestinians in Israeli jails.

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Saudi King Abdullah and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
Secret Saudi-Iranian Dialogue in Oman Augurs Rouhani Visit to Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

The Saudis and Iranians have been in secret dialogue since Hassan Rouhani was elected president last year in order to allay the hostility between them.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Saudi-Iranian Peace Moves Dash Israel’s Plans – Especially If Egypt Is Drawn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

Israel’s forebodings focus on the Egyptian strongman lest he be drawn into the secret Saudi-Iranian love fest in progress now.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan -architect of Saudi Syria, Iran strategies
Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2014

Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was reported by debkafile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from policy-making in Riyadh. The prince was the live wire of kingdom’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran. Bandar’s removal is one up for Obama, and a significant loss for Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu as the only other Middle East leader ready to publicly decry US policies on Iran and Syria. No word about the prince’s status has come from Riyadh since he dropped out of sight a month ago.

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The Egyptian Ruler Bids for Russian S-300 Batteries, Has Secret Plans for a Presidential Guard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014

Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi went to Moscow with big plans with a $2bn Saudi check for top-line Russian arms, including S-300 missiles for he secret new elite force.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
After a Long Absence, Saudi Spy Chief Prince Bandar Heads Back to Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan may be taking a fresh, pragmatic look at Tehran, newly promoted by the US and Russia, as senior regional power, as he plans a trip to Washington for possible fence-mending talks.

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FM Zarif’s Government-Building Demo in Beirut Is Promo for Syria and other Trouble Spots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

Iran’s foreign minister twisted Hizballah leader Nasrallah’s arm to accept a plan for sharing power with his rivals in a national unity government.

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Saudis Fall out with Qatar, Oman and UAE at the Gulf Summit. Qaboos Is About to Quit the GCC
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013

As the Saudis fight to separate the emirates from Tehran, they found themselves at the GCC summit at odds as never before with Qatar, Oman and the UAE. Sultan Qaboos is about to quit the GCC.

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The three Iranian-occupied islands claimed by UAE
Iran pushes for Saudi isolation in the Gulf amid military buildup in Hormuz
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 10, 2013

Tehran wins two key Gulf emirates away from their close alignment with Saudi Arabia by two steps: Its consent to discuss the future of three islands claimed by the UAE in the Strait of Hormuz; and the conspicuous absence of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos from the GCC summit in Kuwait this week. The Saudis were prevented from passing anti-Iranian measures, which must be unanimous under GCC rules, and were therefore isolated. The Obama administration’s silence – even when Iran posted assault aircraft on a Hormuz island – resounded across the region.

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Super-Stuxnet in the making
Tehran: Mossad and Saudi intelligence are designing super-Stuxnet to destroy Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2013

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency “reveals” that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.” It claims that Saudi intelligence director Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and Israel’s Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met in Vienna to decide on the virus attack on Nov. 24, shortly after the six world powers signed their first interim nuclear agreement with Iran in Geneva, and that a week earlier, Prince Bandar visited Israel secretly with French President Francois Hollande.  

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Makes Iran Strategic Partner in Six World Zones – from Indian Ocean to Palestine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013

The US is showering Iran with perks even before it takes the first step toward implementing its interim nuclear deal with the six powers.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama’s Diplomacy Blamed for Letting Iran Reach the Nuclear Threshold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013

Israel is unlikely to be mollified by the package offered by Obama for its cooperation, not forgetting that his diplomacy gave Iran space and time to reach the nuclear threshold.

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Undercover Saudi-Iranian War Is Fueled by Syrian Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013

The undercover duel between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalates as it moves out of Syria into Lebanon and Iraq.

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French President Francois Hollande's first visit to Israel.
Hollande and Netanyahu to consider forming a joint French-Israeli-Arab front against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2013

French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrive in Jerusalem Sunday, Nov. 17. Their talks with Israel’s leaders will show if France stands by its independent stance against Washington’s détente with Tehran and is willing to throw in its lot ad hoc with Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Their outcome will determine whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu goes to Moscow next Wednesday alone or with French and Saudi backing. The next round of nuclear negotiations in Geneva on Nov. 20 will also be influenced.

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Saudis Fund Clandestine Groups Fighting Regime in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013

Prince Bandar bin Sultan has a war chest of $500 million for clandestine operations in Iran, including assassinations and fomenting violent unrest among its national minorities in four corners of the country.

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The Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag in Alexandria, Egypt
Lavrov to confirm Russian air defense system, surface missiles for Egypt, Russian Navy facilities at Alexandria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2013

During their two-day visit to Cairo starting Wednesday, Nov. 13, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu will finalize an advanced Russian weaponry deal for the Egyptian army. debkafile: Egypt will receive a double-layered system for defensive and offensive needs: a shield against stealth airplane, drone and cruise missile attack, as well as missiles able to reach any part of the Middle East, including Iran. The Russian Navy may gain Mediterranean port facilities and a foothold opposite the Saudi coast.

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John Kerry in Geneva
Kerry bids from Abu Dhabi to break up unique broad front which tripped up US-Iran nuclear deal
DEBKAfile Special Report November 11, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Dubai Monday, Nov. 11, to try and break up the unique bond of European governments, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Arab states and Israel which stalled the US-Iranian nuclear deal in Geneva. debkafile: Washington shows no sign of toning down its deal with Iran, although US undersecretary Wendy Sherman and EU’s Catherine Ashton are blamed for damaging the process by opening the draft too freely for amendments by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zerif, which even Kerry was not ready to sign.

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Washington Acts to Avert Israeli Strike and Transfer of Pakistani Nukes to Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Washington hopes by clinching a fast deal with Iran, albeit a partial and first step, to avert an Israeli strike and delay the transfer of Pakistani nukes paid for by Riyadh to Saudi Arabia.

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John Kerry received by Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh
As Kerry met Egyptian and Saudi leaders, planning advanced for a Russian naval base in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2013

By the time US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo and Riyadh Nov. 3-4 for talks with Egyptian and Saudi leaders, negotiations were already afoot on plans for a Russian naval port in Egypt, debkafile reports. This followed the plan Saudi Arabia developed with Moscow for re-establishing Russian military advisers in Egypt and for America’s replacement by Russia as Egypt’s main arms supplier. The Russians have listed four preferred locations on the Mediterranean coast for their new naval port facilities: Alexandria, Damietta, Rosetta or Port Said.

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