Oman

| IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST

For Card Sako, the time of fasting and prayer offers a “new horizon" that invites us to let "the Holy Spirit change us from within." The vicar of southern Arabia speaks of a "path" of hope, mercy and forgiveness. The Maronite patriarch asks the faithful to pray for the "divisions, conflicts, hatred" in Lebanon. Mar Younan mentions the "process of repentance through the Holy Spirit.”


Today's headlines: birthrates in South Korea drop again, below 250,000 for first time; Cantonese language targeted in Hong Kong over national security law; India grants Singapore exemption from its freeze on rice exports; More than one million Pakistanis have migrated to Gulf countries since April 2022.

| 30/08/2023
| ASIA TODAY
by Dario Salvi

For young Turks, the meeting offers an opportunity to "build a local Church" by meeting fellow Christians from other Turkish dioceses and vicariates. A young man from Yemen will arrive with the Gulf delegation. The Lebanese will mark the third anniversary of the tragic explosion of 4 August 2020 with adoration and prayers. The auxiliary bishop of Baghdad hopes that the Mideast might host WDY one day.

| 01/08/2023
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A summit between the Cooperation Council of the Gulf States and Central Asian countries was held in Jeddah. The aim: to broaden economic cooperation starting from religious commonality. Every year about 50,000 Saudi tourists visit the historical cities of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

| 24/07/2023
| CENTRAL ASIA-SAUDIA ARABIA

Yesterday, Supreme Leader Khamenei backs an agreement on condition that "the existing infrastructure of [Iran’s] nuclear industry should not be touched". Washington has denied any progress in negotiations. Iran is reportedly close to the 90 per cent threshold in uranium enrichment, deemed a red line for Israel.

| 12/06/2023
| IRAN – OMAN – UNITED STATES
by Dario Salvi

Iraq has drawn up a plan dubbed 'Development Road' that wants to connect the south with the Turkish border in the north. An almost 17 billion euro project that involves other partners from Iran to Qatar. In response to the 'Silk Road', the United States - with Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and India - are studying a capillary network from Asia to Europe

| 06/06/2023
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST

Oman recently brokered a prisoners’ swap between Iran and Belgium, renewing its role as an intermediary between the region and the West. During the two-day visit, the two countries inked four memoranda of understanding. Sultan Haitham met with President Raisi and Supreme Leader Khamenei. The latter stressed that the two countries share the vital Strait of Hormuz.

| 29/05/2023
| IRAN – OMAN
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