» 07/30/2012, 00.00
GERMANY - US - MIDEAST
Berlin and Washington to sell weapons to Mideast nations to boost Mideast stability
The German government confirms talks are underway to sell tanks to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The US plans to strengthen Kuwait defence with missile and radar systems. Some experts warn this might harm human rights and increase the power of local dictatorships.
29/08/2012 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Saudi Arabia, a weapons manufacturer's best friend
In 2011, the United States tripled weapons sales thanks to Saudi purchases. The Middle East remains the best market for weapons sales. Riyadh buys 84 fighter planes and dozens of helicopters. The United Arab Emirates buy a missile defence shield and helicopters. Market is driven by fears of an Iranian attack and support for the Syrian rebellion.
17/11/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - UNITED STATES
Washington in arms deal with Saudi Arabia for $ 1.29 billion
The deal is for arms and spare parts. Weapons would include 13 thousand "smart" bombs. Congress has 30 days to approve the agreement, but in all likelihood will give go ahead. Axis between the US and Saudis strengthens, after the tensions over the Iranian nuclear deal. Middle East world’s largest arms market.
21/12/2015 SAUDI ARABIA – QATAR – US
Al Jazeera’s self-censorship: an op-ed that criticises (Qatar’s ally) Saudi Arabia is deleted
The news network’s US affiliate posted the article by a law professor that criticised the human rights situation in the Kingdom. The latter uses terrorism as an excuse for human rights abuses. At present, it appears that Riyadh plans to execute 50 people on a single day. The Qatar-based network removed the offending op-ed and blocked it outside the US.
21/04/2016 10:07:00 YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA
Yemeni peace talks underway in Kuwait
They were supposed to start four days ago. Postponed by violations in truce. Talks sponsored by the UN. In over a year of conflict there have been 6400 deaths and nearly 3 million displaced. The presence of Al Qaeda and Daesh "allies" of the Saudi coalition. The Sisters of Mother Teresa and the kidnapping of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.
24/04/2006 CHINA UNITED STATES SAUDI ARABIA AFRICA
Hu in Saudi Arabia and Africa to talk oil
Chinese leader is warmly welcomed in Riyadh, where he discussed greater economy and energy cooperation with Saudi leaders. He leaves for Morocco today. His US trip viewed differently by US and Chinese media.
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