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US warns Gulf states against normalising ties with Syria regime, slam Assad’s sham election | Source: The New Arab

The Biden administration is seeking to separate itself from the policies of the previous administration.

The US State Department has branded the elections -held May 26- in Syria as a ‘sham’, while also warning Gulf allies of exposure to sanctions if they normalise ties with Damascus. U.S. government suggested that America’s Gulf allies “think carefully about their exposure to sanctions in dealing with this regime.”

Source: The New Arab


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Saudi Arabia and Russia Agree on Second Phase of Cooperation | Source: Alriyadh daily

Both countries agreed on the second phase of the roadmap to implement the high-level  Saudi-Russian strategic cooperation framework, which was signed in Riyadh in October 2019. They focused on energy, economy, and natural resources, among others.

Source: Alriyadh daily


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Blinken Off to Mideast to Reaffirm US Support to Israeli Regime After Crushing Defeat | Source: Fars News Agency

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a tour of Middle East, where he would meet high-ranking officials of the Israeli regime and Palestine, among other regional leaders and US allies.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a tour of Middle East, where he would meet high-ranking officials of the Israeli regime and Palestine, among other regional leaders and US allies. Blinken reiterated US support to the Israeli regime, saying the Biden administration remains committed to providing the regime with what it needs to defend itself.

Source: Fars News Agency


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Blinken heads to Israel and Palestine to ‘solidify’ Gaza ceasefire | Source: The National News

Palestinians smoke a shisha pipe at the site of an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip. A ceasefire was announced on Friday. Reuters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken initiate a Middle East trip to consolidate the ceasefire that brought 11 days of deadly bombardments between Israel and Hamas to a halt. The US is planning a reconstruction conference for Gaza with Egypt, regional and European partners that would guarantee aid and support through the PA and UN.

Source: The National News


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Cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza holds after 11 days of deadly fighting | SOURCE: CBS NEWS

Smoke billows from a building targeted during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City May 20, 2021. 

The Israeli government and Hamas said they had agreed to a cease-fire late Thursday after 11 days of violence that saw over 200 Palestinians and 12 Israelis killed in the worst fighting in the region in years.

SOURCE: CBS NEWS



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World Powers Agree to Lift Oil, Banking Sanctions on Iran: Rouhani | SOURCE: IFP NEWS

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the world powers involved in the ongoing negotiations in Vienna have agreed to remove the anti-Iran sanctions in the oil, banking, shipping, and insurance fields.

SOURCE: IFP NEWS


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Iraq Mediators Join Israeli-Saudi Arabia Talks on Normalizing Relations | SOURCE: VOA NEWS

Iraqi mediators have been working patiently behind the scenes to try to bring about a diplomatic rapprochement between long-time adversaries Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Iran have been battling each other through their regional proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for a number of years.

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Israel launches fresh wave of airstrikes across Gaza even as US calls for de-escalation | SOURCE: INDIA TODAY


Israel launched another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, despite its ally US calling for de-escalation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure from his country’s closest ally but appears determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career.

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Iran Plans Oil Exports Next Month from New Port Beyond Hormuz | SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

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Iran will soon export oil from a new port that allows it to bypass the Strait of Hormuz, as nuclear talks between Tehran and other world powers show signs of progress. Refiners in China are the main buyers.

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Biden approves $735m arms sale to Israel | SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Smokes rise after airstrikes by Israeli army hit buildings in Gaza City, Gaza on May 16, 2021.

The Biden administration has approved a $735 million arms sale to Israel amid Tel Aviv’s ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


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