11:51 AM 14 July 2017


Possible Positive Developments in GCC Crisis?

While on his Gulf tour to seek a solution for the diplomatic crisis, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement with Qatar, seeking to control “terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally.”

Today, the four states behind the diplomatic isolation of Qatar rescinded their demand to shut down Al Jazeera


Iran Continues to Foster Partnerships

Iran this week agreed to cooperate with Oman on boosting bilateral ties amidst the GCC crisis, with Oman acknowledging Iran’s important influence in the region.

Meanwhile, the European Union and Iran launched their first ever nuclear project aimed at strengthening Iran’s nuclear safety capabilities.    


Saudi Girls to Receive Physical Education Lessons

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Education Ahmed al-Issa announced on Tuesday a new school curriculum that will include physical education for girls.

Set to begin from September this year, the move signals a slight loosening of public policy in the conservative kingdom as part of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s ‘Vision 2030’ reforms.


Gaza Power Station Turned Off

The last functioning power station in Gaza was switched off  on Wednesday due to a lack of fuel. This fuel crisis began over a taxation dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

Although it is beleived that the plant will resume operation soon, Gaza has been facing severe electircity shortages along with  water, health services and sanitation problems. 


7th Round of Syria’s UN Peace Talks Commence

Syria’s government and opposition gathered on Monday in Geneva for another round of UN-sponsored peace talks following a ceasefire in southern Syria on Sunday.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced the possibility of both parties holding face-to-face talks for the first time in the coming days.


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