Middle East

    • What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

      What impact is COVID-19 having on Middle East conflicts?

      The novel coronavirus has put global trade on hold, placed half of the world population in confinement and has the potential to topple governments and reshape diplomatic relations. The UN has appealed for ceasefires in all the major conflicts rocking the planet, with its chief Antonio Guterres on Friday warning "the worst is yet to come". 

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    • Trump offers deal, not peace

      Trump offers deal, not peace

      The US President Donald Trump's long-awaited Middle East plan, which he presented on Tuesday, was welcomed as expected by Israel, but firmly rejected by Palestinians. The UN also renounced Trump's 'deal of the century' and reiterated its commitment to the resolutions for two-state solution with the boundaries in place before the 1967 war, when Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza. The EU took a pending position saying that it will study and assess the proposals put forward by Trump.

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    • Merkel, Putin talks in Moscow cover Libya, Middle East, Ukraine

      Merkel, Putin talks in Moscow cover Libya, Middle East, Ukraine

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday for talks set to cover topics including turmoil in Libya and the Syria conflict as well as Ukraine's war with pro-Russian separatists, news wires reported. "There is a lot to discuss," said Merkel, adding that "talking with one another is always better than talking about one another."The leaders were set to give a press conference afterwards.

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    • Kushner unveils economic plan for Mideast peace

      Kushner unveils economic plan for Mideast peace

      The White House presented on Saturday a $50bn Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5bn transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza. The “peace to prosperity” plan, set to be fully unveiled by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an international conference in Bahrain next week, includes in particular 179 infrastructure and business projects, Reuters reports.

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    • White House to invest more in Middle East

      White House to invest more in Middle East

      The White House announced Sunday afternoon the first part of its Middle East peace proposal, what officials are calling an economic "workshop" aimed at encouraging capital investments in the West Bank, Gaza, and the region, CNN reported, citing a senior administration official.

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    • Pompeo heads to Middle East to fortify US alliances

      Pompeo heads to Middle East to fortify US alliances

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit eight Middle East capitals, starting 8 January, in an effort to fortify crucial alliances in regions strained by the Yemen war, US plans to exit Syria and the murder of the Washington Post journalist journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More specifically. Pompeo will head to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and finally Kuwait City, as the State Department announced few days ago.  During the eight-day trip a stop in Baghdad is also possible, though the information is not confirmed by the State Department.

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