Trump discusses Iran in calls with Saudi crown prince, UAE leaders

Trump thanked them for highlighting ways that Gulf Arab states “can better counter Iranian destabilizing activities”. (AFP) February 28, 2018 US President Donald Trump discussed Iran’s “destabilizing activities” and other security and economic issues in separate telephone calls with senior Saudi and Emirati leaders on Tuesday, the White House said. In calls with [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|North America, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA|

Iran existential threat to UAE, Saudi, says top US lawmaker

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. (AP) By Samir Salama January 28, 2018 The United States is taking concrete steps to rein in Iran expansion, which poses an existential threat to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Those steps include stopping [...]

By |January 28th, 2018|Saudi Arabia, UAE|

Emirati gets 15-year jail term for spying for Iran

The court sentenced a 28-year-old Emirati, identified as H.A.M.M., to 15 years for spying for Iran. (Istock) By Abdulla Rasheed December 28, 2017 The Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued tough rulings in a range of cases related to state security, handing out jail sentences ranging from three to 15 years. [...]

By |December 28th, 2017|UAE|

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways to end Tehran flights in January

Etihad Airways will scrap flights to Tehran on Jan. 24. (Reuters) December 20, 2017 Etihad Airways will scrap flights to Tehran on Jan. 24, the latest route to be dropped as the Abu Dhabi airline pursues a strategy review. The airline launched the review in 2016 that has also seen it sell or [...]

By |December 20th, 2017|UAE|

UAE official: Iran is seeking to exploit Jerusalem plight to achieve its agenda

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs talks to the media during a press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP) December 19, 2017 UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Monday that the Iran’s political discourse and policies are moving on three [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|UAE|

Iranian newspapers renew support for Houthi-fired missiles targeting Gulf countries

Iranian newspaper Kayhan incites Houthis to launch more missiles at countries participating in the Arab Coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen. (Asharq Al-Awsat) December 6, 2017 Iranian newspapers supported the Tehran-backed Houthi group in Yemen in their launching of a cruise missile at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates. [...]

By |December 6th, 2017|Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen|

UAE minister warns against ‘Iranian or Turkish solution’ to Syrian conflict

Anwar Gargash arrives for a press conference in Dubai on June 24, 2017. (AP) November 28, 2017 The UAE’S Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday through his Twitter account that a solution to the Syrian conflict “cannot be Iranian or Turkish,” urging a stronger Arab role to the [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Syria, UAE|

Iran and Hezbollah undermining stability in the region: UAE

Arab Foreign Ministers meet at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 19, 2017. (AP) November 22, 2017 The UAE has said Iran and Hezbollah are undermining the region’s stability. “Iran’s missile programme with its offensive nature [is] emerging as [a] disruptive tool undermining the region’s stability. Repeated targeting of Saudi civilian [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|UAE|

Gargash: Arab consensus needed to confront Iran’s influence

Dr. Gargash arrives for a press conference in Dubai on June 24, 2017. (AP) November 19, 2017 UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has voiced the importance of Arab consensus to confront sectarian projects concealed as resistance plans and said Arab consensus is actually the solution to confront Iranian influence. [...]

By |November 19th, 2017|UAE|

UAE won’t remain idle under shadow of Iran’s threat, Gargash says

From left: Moderator Faisal Bin Huraiz; Abdullah Bishara, former diplomat president of the Diplomatic Centre for Strategic Studies, Kuwait; Dr Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, Dr Ayed Al Mannaand Salem Al Yami during a panel discussion at the 4th Abu Dhabi Strategy Debate. (Gulf News) By Samir Salama November 13, 2017 The UAE will not remain [...]

By |November 13th, 2017|UAE|