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2005-12-18 12:45:50

By Heba Kandil and Andrew Hammond ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders, alarmed at neighboring Iran's nuclear ambitions, examined proposals for a nuclear-free zone in the world's top oil-producing region during summit talks on Sunday. Delegates said Syria's standoff with the United Nations over the killing of former Lebanese premier Rafik al-Hariri was also discussed during the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups Saudi Arabia, the United Arab...

2005-12-18 11:31:22

By Heba Kandil and Andrew Hammond ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders, alarmed at neighboring Iran's nuclear ambitions, will examine proposals for a nuclear-free zone in the world's top oil-producing region during a summit on Sunday. Syria's standoff with the United Nations over the killing of former Lebanese premier Rafik al-Hariri will also top the agenda of the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,...

2005-12-18 06:00:42

By Heba Kandil and Andrew Hammond ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders, alarmed at neighbouring Iran's nuclear ambitions, will examine proposals for a nuclear-free zone in the world's top oil-producing region when they meet for a summit on Sunday. Syria's standoff with the United Nations over the killing of former Lebanese premier Rafik al-Hariri will also top the agenda of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait,...

2005-12-17 09:38:09

By Heba Kandil ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders will call on Iran to shun nuclear weapons to avoid more instability in the energy-rich region already affected by volatility in Iraq, a senior official said on Saturday. The six-nation, pro-U.S. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose leaders meet on Sunday, will also urge Syria to cooperate with a UN probe into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister, GCC Secretary-General Abdul Rahman al-Attiya said. "We don't want a...

2005-12-17 01:41:29

By Heba Kandil ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Leaders of six pro-U.S. Gulf Arab states meet on Sunday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and a U.N.-Syria standoff, concerned that an escalation of these disputes could rock a region already suffering from instability in Iraq. "There is concern that Iran's nuclear program could be weaponised. At the end of the day they (Iranians) are building a nuclear reactor across the Gulf," one Gulf official said. "There is also concern that if there is...

2005-12-02 15:23:39

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arab nations are acutely suspicious of the Bush administration's "democracy" agenda in the Middle East and believe the U.S. invasion of Iraq has made the region less secure, said a poll released on Friday. The poll, conducted in six Arab countries in October, found 78 percent of respondents thought there was more terrorism because of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, with four out of five saying the war had brought less peace to the region....

2005-10-09 03:29:56

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's outspoken Shi'ite interior minister was quoted on Sunday as saying he hoped his verbal onslaught on Saudi Arabia would be a "passing summer cloud" and that ties between the two countries would remain strong. Bayan Jabor had last week referred to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as a "bedouin riding camel" and slammed the kingdom's treatment of women and minority Shi'ites, forcing the Iraqi foreign minister to apologize to Saudi Arabia. "I hope...

2005-10-03 12:24:56

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, will start the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Tuesday along with most other Gulf Arab states, regional state media said on Monday. Senior religious councils in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates said the crescent moon was sighted after nightfall, signaling the start of Ramadan. Oman will mark the start of Ramadan on Wednesday. Muslims scan the sky at night after the end of their lunar...

2005-10-03 02:08:03

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari apologized on Monday for an outspoken attack by one of his colleagues, who had compared Saudi Arabia's foreign minister to a "Bedouin riding a camel." Zebari, speaking after a late-night meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Saudi city of Jeddah, said the comments by Iraq's Interior Minister Bayan Jabor against Prince Saud al-Faisal were "regrettable and inappropriate." "We hold the kingdom and Prince Saud in...

2005-09-28 13:47:57

By Patricia Wilson ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish women challenged U.S. envoy Karen Hughes over the Iraq war on Wednesday, giving Washington's new image shaper her second critical reception on her Middle East tour after a similar encounter in Saudi Arabia. The guests invited to an Ankara museum by the U.S. embassy politely but firmly refused to be swayed by the encouraging message Hughes is trying to spread among Muslims in her job as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy. "You...


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