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Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran's court

Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group. The attack came two days after four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Iran has denied it was behind the attacks which come as Washington and the Islamic Republic spar over sanctions and the U.S. military presence in the region, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflic...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tehran, Yemen, Riyadh, Islamic Republic, United Arab Emirates Iran


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities outside Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the drone attack and Sunday's sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, off Fujairah emirate, a major bunkering hub, threatened global oil supplies. "These attacks prove again that it is important...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Iran Falih


Saudi Arabia says oil facilities near Riyadh attacked

The energy minister of the world's largest oil exporter said the attack on two oil pumping stations had not disrupted oil production or exports of crude and petroleum products. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, in comments run by state media, said the two recent attacks threatened global oil supplies and proved the need to counter "terrorist groups behind such destructive acts" including the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen. Houthi-run Masirah TV earlier on Tuesday cited a military offic...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Khalid al Falih, Houthis, Masirah TV


U.S. envoy urges response 'short of war' to Gulf tankers attack

Iran was a prime suspect in the sabotage on Sunday although Washington had no conclusive proof, a U.S. official familiar with American intelligence said on Monday. Iran has denied involvement. "We need to do a thorough investigation to understand what happened, why it happened, and then come up with reasonable responses short of war," Ambassador John Abizaid told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh in remarks published on Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Gulf, Riyadh, John Abizaid


Qatar Finalizing Plans for Spy Plane Project in South Carolina

GettyThe Qatari military is finalizing plans to invest in South Carolina as part of its efforts to develop and produce surveillance aircraft, according to company documents and two sources with knowledge of the project’s timeline.The project, led by Qatari-owned firm Barzan Aeronautical, has been in the planning stages for the last several years. Qatari officials have visited South Carolina, where the firm is registered, to meet with state and local officials to promote the idea of investment an...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, Qatar, United States, United Arab Emirates, Qatar Investment Authority, Graham, State Department, Department Of Justice, Boeing, Justice Department, Doha, South Carolina, Lindsey Graham


Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi met Saudi crown prince in Riyadh

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran. Abdul Mahdi's meeting with the crown prince came after he met King Salman on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Tehran, Baghdad, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Salman, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Abdul Mahdi


Demand for Aramco's bond 'north of' $30 billion, says Saudi energy minister

RIYADH (Reuters) - Demand for Saudi Aramco's inaugural international bond is expected to exceed $30 billion, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.
Tags: Science, Riyadh, Aramco, Khalid al Falih, Reuters Demand for Saudi Aramco


Report: Saudi Arabia Making Brisk Progress on Experimental Nuclear Reactor

A small, experimental nuclear reactor being constructed by Argentina’s state-backed nuclear company INVAP at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh has spurred renewed concerns about Saudi leadership’s intentions for the program, CNN reported on Sunday, even as its development zips…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Cnn, Military, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Argentina, Nuclear, IAEA, Nukes, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, International Atomic Energy Agency, INVAP


IAEA asks Saudis for safeguards on first nuclear reactor

The head UN nuclear inspector said Friday that his agency is asking Saudi Arabia to agree to safeguards on nuclear material that could arrive by the end of the year for its first atomic reactor. Satellite imagery recently emerged of the Argentine-built project on the outskirts of Riyadh, which comes amid controversy in Washington over President Donald Trump's approval of nuclear projects with the oil-rich kingdom.
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Un, Donald Trump, IAEA, Riyadh


Exclusive: Saudi Arabia threatens to ditch dollar oil trades to stop 'NOPEC' - sources

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell its oil in currencies other than the dollar if Washington passes a bill exposing OPEC members to U.S. antitrust lawsuits, three sources familiar with Saudi energy policy said. Two of the sources said the plan had been discussed with OPEC members and one source briefed on Saudi oil policy said Riyadh had also communicated the threat to senior U.S. energy officials. The chances of the U.S. bill known as NOPEC coming into force are slim...
Tags: Science, London, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Riyadh, DUBAI Reuters Saudi Arabia, NOPEC


Saudi Arabia close to building first nuclear reactor despite not signing up to international safeguards

Saudi Arabia plans to issue a multi-billion-dollar tender in 2020 to construct its first two nuclear power reactors and is discussing the project with US and other potential suppliers, three sources familiar with the plans have said. The world's top oil exporter wants to diversify its energy mix, adding nuclear power so it can free up more crude for export. But the plans are facing Washington's scrutiny because of potential military uses for the technology. Saudi Arabia, which aims to mi...
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, US, Iran, Rick Perry, Fukushima, Istanbul, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, International Atomic Energy Agency, US Energy, Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters Saudi


Saudi Arabia temporarily frees three women activists

The Saudi public prosecutor previously denied those allegations, calling them false. The charges against at least some of the women are related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats - a case that has sharpened Western criticism of the kingdom following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It remains to be seen if Riyadh will bend to international pressure and give the women acquittals or pardons - or pursue...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul, Riyadh, Jamal Khashoggi


Saudi Arabia temporarily frees three women activists: SPA

Three of the Saudi women activists held in detention since May last year were granted temporary release on Thursday, state news agency SPA said, and sources familiar with the matter said the rest are set to be freed on Sunday. Some of the women, facing charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, told a Riyadh court on Wednesday they had been subjected to torture during more than nine months of detention, sources familiar with the matter said. The w...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Spa, Riyadh


Before Saudi Arabia Goes Nuclear, It May Have to Follow Iran’s Lead

Focus on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program has risen in the last month after the U.S. Congress opened an investigation into the potentially illegal transfer of sensitive technologies to the kingdom. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency, responsible for verifying that countries don’t divert material for weapons, weighed in on what its inspectors need before the kingdom can start generating nuclear power. Riyadh’s nuclear program is developing “based on an old text” of safeguard rules, ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vienna, IAEA, Riyadh, Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency


Saudi king meets Russian foreign minister in Riyadh

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Riyadh on Tuesday, footage on the Russian foreign ministry's official Youtube channel showed. Lavrov is on a tour of the Gulf, also expected to include the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. On Monday Lavrov held talks in Qatar with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. (Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Tags: Science, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Gulf, Riyadh, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Salman, Maria Vasilyeva, Tom Balmforth, MOSCOW Reuters Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman


Saudi Arabia says it believes Canada to go ahead with arms deal

"Regarding the Canada arms deal, we see the Canadian government going ahead with the deal, so the statements are for domestic consumption," Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in December he was looking for a way out of the $13 billion deal for armored vehicles made by the Canadian unit of General Dynamics Corp. The firm warned later that month that the federal government would incur "billions of dollars o...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Yemen, Justin Trudeau, Riyadh, Trudeau, General Dynamics Corp, Adel Jubeir, Jamal Khashoggi


Saudi Arabia says it is too early to restore ties with Syria

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir also said Riyadh, which backed rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, would not take part in any reconstruction efforts before stability is restored in Syria. The Arab League has said such a move would require consensus among member states. The United Arab Emirates, a Saudi ally, reopened its embassy in Damascus in December in a diplomatic boost for Assad, in a bid to re-engage and rebuild Arab influence in Syria.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Riyadh, Adel Jubeir


Qatar still studying Russian defense system, minister says

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile air defense system, adding the potential deal -- reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia -- was none of Riyadh's business. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said there was no sign of a thaw in a Gulf row over allegations by Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani


Qatar says still studying Russian defense system

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile air defense system, adding the potential deal -- reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia -- was none of Riyadh's business. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said there was no sign of a thaw in a Gulf row over allegations by Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani


After Saudi king's letter, EU states move to block dirty-money list

The adoption of a European Union money-laundering blacklist, which includes Saudi Arabia as well as Puerto Rico and three other U.S. territories, is likely to be blocked by EU states under a procedure launched on Thursday, two EU sources said. The potential blocking comes after Saudi Arabia's King Salman sent letters to all EU leaders urging them to reconsider the inclusion of Riyadh on the list, one of the letters seen by Reuters showed. For the list to be blocked, a majority of 21 states is ...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Eu, European Union, Puerto Rico, Reuters, Riyadh, Salman


France calls on Germany to ease arms export rules

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that Germany should ease its strict arms export rules for countries outside the European Union to strengthen the defense industry. France has complained that joint arms manufacturing projects are being stalled by Berlin's refusal to authorize future arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia, a major buyer. Germany said in November it would reject future arms export licenses to Riyadh over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Tags: Science, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Berlin, European Union, Riyadh, Bruno Le Maire


Pakistan, India hope to reap investment from Saudi prince's visit

The prince, known as MBS, is also expected to visit China, Malaysia and Indonesia during a tour that will be his first through the region since the storm over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. Prince Mohammed is due in visit Pakistan this weekend, when he is expected to ink agreements, mainly linked to a refinery and the power sector, Pakistani officials said. Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan was among a handfu...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Washington Post, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Istanbul, Mohammed, Riyadh, Pakistan India, China Malaysia, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


Qatar revamps investment strategy after Kushner building bailout

LONDON/NEW YORK/DUBAI (Reuters) - When news emerged that Qatar may have unwittingly helped bail out a New York skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, eyebrows were raised in Doha. Kushner, a senior White House adviser, was a close ally of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - a key architect of a regional boycott against Qatar, which Riyadh accuses of sponsoring terrorism. Brookfield, a global property investor in which the Qatari government has placed i...
Tags: New York, Science, London, White House, Qatar, Manhattan, Brookfield, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Kushner, Jared Kushner Donald Trump, NEW YORK DUBAI Reuters, Doha Kushner, Kushner Companies 666 Fifth Avenue


Saudi pledges to release seven Houthi prisoners after freed Saudi arrives in Riyadh

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said that seven Houthi prisoners will be released, after a Saudi prisoner freed by the group arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, Saudi state television reported. Saudi prisoner Mousa Awaji was returned on a Red Cross plane from Sanaa on Tuesday due to illness, the Houthi TV channel al-Masirah said, citing Abdulqadir Murtada, a Houthi official. The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomed the Saudi prisoner release, tweeting that he hoped to s...
Tags: Science, United Nations, Red Cross, Yemen, Riyadh, Sanaa, Martin Griffiths, Masirah, Mousa Awaji, Houthi TV, Abdulqadir Murtada


BAE chairman: UK should be 'critical friend' to Riyadh - Sky News

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi and Yemen's war have hurt Saudi Arabia's reputation, the chairman of BAE Systems told Sky News, adding Britain as a "critical friend" could help Riyadh refocus on the development push it was making before those crises emerged. The death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sparked global outrage and mushroomed into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter and strategic ally of the West. It...
Tags: UK, Science, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Britain, BAE, Sky News, Yemen, Bae Systems, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, BAE Britain


ACWA considers supporting solar panel manufacturing in Saudi

ACWA Power is considering supporting the manufacturing of solar panels in Saudi Arabia, its chief executive said, as the power and water plants developer seeks to facilitate Saudi Arabia's plans to develop its renewable power industry. Riyadh-based ACWA Power, partly owned by Saudi's Public Investment Fund (PIF), does not plan to become a manufacturer of solar panels, but is "open to the idea of supporting and enabling the right environment in the Kingdom to welcome in manufacturers," a spokesm...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom, Riyadh, ACWA Power, ACWA, Saudi s Public Investment Fund PIF


ACWA plans to make solar panels as part of SoftBank and Saudi fund's $200 billion project

ACWA Power plans to expand into solar panel manufacturing, its chief executive said, in a move which would put the power and water plants developer at the heart of Saudi Arabia's plans to develop its renewable power industry. Riyadh-based ACWA Power, partly owned by Saudi's Public Investment Fund (PIF), is in talks to become a manufacturer of solar panels, Paddy Padmanathan said in an interview, working with the sovereign wealth fund and Japan's SoftBank on their $200 billion solar-power gene...
Tags: Japan, Science, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Riyadh, ACWA Power, ACWA, Paddy Padmanathan, Saudi s Public Investment Fund PIF


Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran - something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. "When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Shi, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Sunni Muslim GCC


Saudi Aramco's bond will probably be in 10 billion range: energy minister

Saudi Aramco will issue bonds which will probably be in the 10 billion range, Saudi Arabia's energy minister said on Sunday. Khalid al-Falih, speaking at a conference in Abu Dhabi, did not specify the currency of the planned debt issuance but last week he said at an event in Riyadh that the bonds - which would be Aramco's debut in the international debt markets - are likely to be denominated in U.S. dollars.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Aramco, Saudi Aramco, Khalid al Falih


Looking past Khashoggi, investors flock to Saudi Arabia bond sale

Foreign investors flocked to buy Saudi Arabia's first dollar bonds since Jamal Khashoggi's death, in a clear vote of market confidence after the country's reputation was damaged over the journalist's murder. The finance ministry in Riyadh said on Thursday the order book for the $7.5 billion sale of longer-term debt sale peaked at $27.5 billion, with final pricing only a few basis points above corresponding secondary market yields. Almost all the paper was bought by foreign investors, with U.S....
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi



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