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2006-03-01 18:08:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker asked the Bush administration on Wednesday to explain what steps it is taking to ensure Saudi Arabia no longer participates in the Arab League boycott of Israel. Rep. Clay Shaw, a Florida Republican, raised the concern in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, who is now traveling in India. Shaw said he was troubled "by Saudi Arabia's reported decision to continue the primary Arab League boycott of the Israel" in violation of...

2006-02-08 09:37:02

By Barbara Lewis and Peg Mackey - Analysis LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush should be careful about wishing to kick America's addiction to Middle East oil because he might just lose a trusted supplier. Oil superpower Saudi Arabia could be very happy to redirect barrels unwelcome in the United States into energy-hungry Asia, where Riyadh has made no secret of its drive to expand. "It really doesn't matter to us," said Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi oil adviser. "We can sell our...

2006-02-02 06:30:26

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will begin talks this month with the Palestinian Authority over financial aid of at least $1.2 billion to plug its widening budget deficit, a senior Palestinian diplomat said on Thursday. Israel halted tax payments on Wednesday to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority over Hamas's shock election victory, prompting the Palestinians to turn to Saudi Arabia and Qatar for extra cash to cushion the economic shock. "We expect the Saudi government to...

2006-02-01 23:50:39

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform. King Abdullah, a supporter of cautious reform, ascended the throne last year, but there have been no moves to dilute the absolute monarchy, turn the consultative council into anything resembling a real parliament or advance women's rights. However,...

2006-01-30 06:03:33

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has succeeded for now in suppressing al Qaeda but extremist ideology, regional tension and autocratic rule could make Islamist violence a reality for years to come, analysts say. Militants proclaiming allegiance to al Qaeda, headed by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, launched a campaign in 2003 to topple the U.S.-allied monarchy. But the mini-insurgency, involving attacks on foreign residential compounds and government installations, has...

2006-01-22 01:45:00

By Emma Graham-Harrison and Chris Buckley BEIJING -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrived in Beijing on Sunday for his first ever state visit and analysts said China wants to draw closer to the Middle Eastern oil power without challenging Saudi ties to Washington. The world's number two oil consumer, China has been scouring the globe for crude to feed its booming economy, tempting potential partners with aid packages, diplomatic support -- and for those at odds with Washington -- the prospect...

2006-01-16 10:00:17

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Egypt on Monday at the start of a brief Middle East tour that will include visits to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. His meetings with Arab leaders are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short that tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote...

2006-01-16 00:14:47

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney headed to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for meetings with leaders that are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short the tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate on a spending-cut measure. Cheney's office...

2006-01-15 20:28:24

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney headed to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for meetings with leaders that are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy. Egypt and Saudi Arabia were to be part of a trip Cheney took in December when he visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. But he cut short the tour to fly back to Washington to cast a tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate on a spending-cut measure. Cheney's office...

2006-01-13 11:45:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney next week will travel to Egypt and Saudi Arabia for meetings with leaders there, his office said on Friday. Cheney will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, January 17. The visits to the two countries were originally scheduled to take place as part of Cheney's trip in December to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman. The vice president cut that tour short to return to...


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