GCC Information Roundup: Saudis launch Houthi prisoners, Gulf international locations trace at easing tensions (November 1-31)

GCC News Roundup: Saudis release Houthi prisoners, Gulf countries hint at easing tensions (November 1-31)

By Sumaya Attia

Saudis launch Houthi prisoners, Oman mediates talks

The Saudi-led coalition preventing in Yemen mentioned on November 26 it had launched 200 Houthi rebels to advance a U.N.-brokered deal geared toward ending the battle within the Arab world’s poorest nation. Yemeni authorities officers mentioned the discharge of prisoners was a trust-building measure geared toward encouraging the Houthis to barter with the coalition to finish the battle.

On November 13, officers from either side advised The Related Press that Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels had been holding oblique, behind-the-scenes talks to finish the battle. The negotiations are happening with Oman as a mediator.

Gulf international locations trace at easing of tensions

Qatar’s international minister has made an unannounced go to to Riyadh, reported Reuters on November 28, amid indicators {that a} 2-1/2-year rift amongst U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states might quickly subside. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met with senior Saudi officers in October, mentioned one of many sources, the highest-level go to since Could when Qatar’s prime minister attended an Arab summit in Mecca.

One other signal of tensions easing was the participation of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain within the Arabian Gulf Cup, which kicked off in Qatar on November 26. Arab media studies mentioned the Saudi staff flew on to Doha from the dominion — a uncommon direct flight between the 2 international locations given the boycott nonetheless formally in place.

Kuwait names new PM after dismissing authorities

Kuwait’s ruler has named a brand new prime minister after dismissing the federal government amid a row between highly effective ministers from the ruling household. The state-run KUNA information company mentioned on November 19 that the appointment named Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah as prime minister. It comes after Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah declined preserving the submit after deliberations with Kuwait’s ruler.

Saudi Aramco IPO oversubscribed, says lead supervisor

The retail portion of Saudi Aramco’s preliminary public providing (IPO) has been oversubscribed, with orders reaching 38.1 billion Saudi riyals ($10.2 billion), lead supervisor Samba Capital mentioned on November 28. The state oil big plans to promote a 1.5% stake, or about three billion shares, and has mentioned at the very least one-third of the sale is predicted to be lined by retail traders, who’ve till Thursday to enroll. It will likely be the world’s greatest IPO if it tops the $25 billion set by China’s Alibaba in 2014.

US, France enhance Saudi radar methods

The US and France are boosting Saudi Arabia’s radar methods following crippling drone and cruise missile assaults on Saudi oil infrastructure in September, which Washington blames on Iran, in keeping with a Reuters report revealed on November 23. The chief of the U.S. Central Command and France’s protection minister, whose international locations have taken divergent approaches to Iran, additionally touted rival variations of maritime missions to guard Gulf waters at a Bahrain safety discussion board on November 23. Greater than two months after the most important assault on Saudi oil amenities, Riyadh and Washington have but to offer concrete proof linking Iran to the assault, whereas Saudi Arabia has supplied few particulars about how it’s addressing gaps in its air defenses.

Saudi Arabia detains eight amid crackdown

Saudi Arabia has detained at the very least eight folks, largely intellectuals and writers, two sources together with London-based Saudi rights group ALQST mentioned, amid a two-year crackdown on free expression within the kingdom. They had been taken from their properties within the capital Riyadh and the Crimson Sea port metropolis of Jeddah final week by plainclothes police however the purpose was unclear, mentioned one of many sources.


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