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Iranian pilgrims to miss Hajj 2016 as Saudi Arabia, Iran Hajj talks fail

Muslim pilgirms during Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Iran officials blame each other over Hajj talks’ failure while Iranian Muslims to miss out on annual pilgrimage Iranian Muslims will miss out on the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in September 2016, as Tehran and Riyadh blame each other over failure of Hajj 2016 arrangements. Ali Jannati, Iran’s minister of culture and Islamic guidance, said talks between Iran and ... Read More »

Sacked workers in Saudi Arabia set fire to buses in protest

Saudi Binladin Group Employees Set Fire to Buses in Protest

Binladin Group had given the sacked foreign workers a permanent exit visa to leave the country RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Employees at construction giant Saudi Binladin Group have reportedly set fire to more than seven company buses in the latest protest against alleged late payment of salaries and a reported 50,000 redundancies. Mecca’s Civil Defense Major Nayef al-Sharif said no ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia bans imports of shrimps from Pakistan

Workers at a shrimp factory

Saudi Arabia has banned shrimp imports from Pakistan as a precautionary measure after detecting white spot disease in crustaceans exported from the country, according to Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA). The measure is based on a report of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which included Pakistan in the index of countries with shrimp affected by the disease. ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Middle East Policy: Striking a balance between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia

Is it possible for Pakistan to strike a balance between ties with Saudi Arabia and Iran? The answer is Yes. Former Ambassador Masood Khan explains how.. By Masood Khan The essence of President Hassan Rohani’s visit to Islamabad was bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran but the strategic overhang of the visit was no less important. Post-nuclear deal with six ... Read More »

PM Nawaz, Gen Raheel attend closing ceremony of war games in Saudi Arabia

PM Nawaz, Gen Raheel attend closing ceremony of war games in Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif Thursday attended closing ceremony of joint military exercise “North Thunder” in Saudi Arabia’s Hafarul Batin city RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and leaders of other countries attended the ceremony along Khadim al Harmain Al Sharifain King Salman Bin ... Read More »

India world’s largest arms importer; US, Russia dominate arms sales

Saudi Arabia announces military alliance to fight any terrorist group

India emerged as the world’s largest arms importer, accounting for 14% of the global imports in the 2011-2015 timeframe. The latest data on international arms transfers released by a global think-tank, SIPRI, also shows India’s arms imports remain three times greater than those of its rivals China and Pakistan. Its biggest suppliers are Russia, the US, Israel and France. India’s imports ... Read More »

PM Nawaz, Army Chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Iran for mediation

PM Nawaz, Army Chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Iran for mediation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS General Raheel Sharif will visit Saudi Arabia and Iran on Monday ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif would travel to Riyadh and Tehran together on Monday in an attempt to persuade them to de-escalate and resolve their disputes diplomatically. Riyadh and Tehran have been engaged in a verbal ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia defence minister assured of Pakistan’s support

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and Defence Minister, Mohammed bin Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House in Islamabad on January 10, 2016.

Saudi defence minister arrived in Islamabad to discuss Pakistan’s cooperation in the 34-nation anti-terror coalition of Islamic countries the KSA has recently formed ISLAMABAD – The Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Defence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a day-long official visit. Defence Minister Khawaj Asif and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz ... Read More »

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree on joint counter-terrorism efforts

Saudi Foreign Minister meets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir  held meetings with Pakistani leadership during his official visit to Pakistan ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to promote work together to defeat their common enemy – terrorism. This development came forward during a visit by the Saudi Foreign Minister Dr Adel Al-Jubeir to discuss the ongoing diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Foreign Minister, ... Read More »

Oil dives below $33 — the lowest price in 11 years

Oil workers in Nasiriyah, Iraq, which has ramped up output recently. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Oil prices hit their lowest in over 11 years on Wednesday, as the row between Saudi Arabia and Iran was seen making any cooperation between major exporters to cut output even more unlikely. Evidence of slowing economic growth in China and India has fueled fears that even strong demand elsewhere may not be enough to mop up the excess crude ... Read More »

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