Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will need to tread a finer line for the kingdom in times of economic dislocation.
The Interior Ministry said an attack on the mosque was being planned by three terrorist groups, two based in Mecca and a third in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia’s expat levy on family members and dependents will come into force on July 1 and it is set to impact millions of Indians living in the Middle Eastern kingdom and their families in both the countries.
The statement, quoting an unnamed official, said Saudi Arabia “does not need such thing”, adding that its armed forces and military capabilities were “at the best standards”.
The accord had sparked rare protests in Egypt, with Sisi accused of having traded the islands of Tiran and Sanafir for Saudi largesse; the government has said the islands were Saudi to begin with, but were leased to Egypt in the 1950s.
While Israel complains about Al-Jazeera’s coverage, the station is also one of the few Arab media channels that interviews Israeli officials, giving Israeli leaders a rare outlet to address the Arab public.
Amnesty International on June 9 criticised the measures against Qatar as sweeping and arbitrary and said they had split up families.
“The four countries agreed on categorising 59 persons and 12 entities in their list of terrorism,” they said affirming “that they won’t be lenient in pursuing” such persons and groups.
“Al Jazeera’s editorial policy is going to continue the same regardless of what happens with this event,” Souag told Reuters at the network’s headquarters.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: “Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy.”
The Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Doha firmly denies. Qatar has forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusation by Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests.
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and ordered their land, sea and airports closed to Qatari aircraft and vessels.
“The Ministry of Information closed the office of the Al-Jazeera channel and withdrew the licence it was granted,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Harsh words for the world’s largest natural gas producer, with the highest per-capital income, and host of the 2022 Football World Cup—but to many, this West Asian crisis might seem like it can be condensed into three words: pot, kettle, black.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with Qatar on Monday after accusing the country of supporting terrorism and Islamist radical groups. Here is a look at how the Gulf media reported the development.