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Hajj May Trigger a New Period of Tension Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

International geopolitical consultant and the author of the book ‘Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes’, Banafsheh Keynoush, told Radio Sputnik that an extended period of tensions and disagreements between Saudi Arabia and Iran may begin now that Iran has decided to boycott this year’s Hajj in Mecca.

Saudi Arabia slams Iran’s role in Iraq as ‘unacceptable’

RIYADH (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is “unacceptable.” His comments come as thousands of Iraqi Shiite militiamen, soldiers and police, backed by Iran, surround the Sunni city of Fallujah ahead of an operation to […]

Saudi Arabia slams Iran’s role in Iraq as ‘unacceptable’

13 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is “unacceptable.”

Saudi Arabia Refuses to Give Privileges to Iranian Pilgrims During Hajj

Saudi Arabia refused to provide Iranian pilgrims with privileges during the Hajj, an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said at a joint press conference with his UK counterpart Philip Hammond on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of Interference in Iraqi Internal Affairs

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said on Sunday that sending Iranian Shiite armed units to Iraq to participate in military operations or undergo training is unacceptable.

Saudi Arabia's Second Big Gamble Will Take The Oil Market For A Rough Ride

After causing a collapse of the oil market, Saudi Arabia will soon have no choice but to push oil prices higher—to give a boost to Aramco IPO. For the last two years, Saudi Arabia wanted oil prices to stay below $40 in order to halt the American fracking revolution, which has [...]

Exclusive – Saudi Arabia is building an embassy in Israël

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has begun the construction of a gigantic embassy in Israël, probably the most important in Tel-Aviv. Officially, the two states do not maintain diplomatic relations because of the expulsion by Israël of the majority of its Palestinian population in 1948 (al-Nakba). Show More Summary

Tense Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations Blamed for Iranians Skipping Hajj

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Iran's Haj and Pilgrimage Organization said on Sunday the country's pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims. Relations...Show More Summary

Iran says its pilgrims will not attend haj in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Haj and Pilgrimage Organization said on Sunday the country's pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims.

Hopeless: Washington 'Frustrated with Saudi-Led Operation in Yemen'

Washington has suspended the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. That’s according to Foreign Policy magazine citing unnamed US officials. Radio Sputnik discussed the reported decision with political analyst and the editor of Politics First magazine, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos.

Saudi Arabia: Cluster Bomb Shipments From U.S. Halted Due To Civilian Deaths In Yemen

The United States will reportedly be halting deliveries of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. The move comes after intense pressure from human rights groups complaining about the indiscriminate use of the devastating weapons in Yemen. Since...Show More Summary

Merkel Tries to 'Seduce' Not Only Turkey, But Also Saudi Arabia

Angela Merkel has been criticized for her country's 'submissive' attitude toward Turkey, but there is an even less democratic country, which Berlin is trying to 'seduce', namely Saudi Arabia, German newspaper Die Welt wrote.

NYT Editors: Saudi Arabia Spends ‘Untold Millions’ Promoting Militant Islam

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Quinn Dombrowski / (CC BY-ND 2.0) Influential groups within Saudi Arabia have undermined U.S. interests abroad for years, and their exploitation of U.S.-aided Kosovo as a breeding ground for violent reactionaries is only the “latestShow More Summary

Riyadh Puts Pressure on Persian Gulf Allies to Cut Trade Links With Tehran

Saudi Arabia is allegedly putting pressure on its allies in the Persian Gulf to disrupt trade links with Iran, Press TV reports.

Saudi-Backed Syrian Opposition Yet to Receive Invitation for Next Talks

Syria’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) opposition group backed by Saudi Arabia has not yet received an invitation for the next round of UN-mediated proximity talks with the Syrian government, HNC spokesman Riyad Naasan Agha said Saturday.

Hajj Safety Sparks Tensions Between Saudi Arabia, Iran

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations...Show More Summary

Will OPEC's June 2 Meeting Mark the Death of OPEC?

New developments in Saudi Arabia and Iran, related to the oil market, may precipitate the emergence of a new battleground in the rivalry between the two countries. This article seeks to investigate where the Saudi-Iran confrontationShow More Summary

Haj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

RIYADH (Reuters) - An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim haj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal.

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for "solutions" to Tehran's demands.

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