In Saudi Arabia and later Qatar, Tillerson denounced Iran’s “malign behaviour” and urged nations of the region and elsewhere, notably Europe, to join the administration to halt any business they do with Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps.
A business forum will include speeches by top ministers and the heads of state-owned energy giants Saudi Aramco and Gazprom as well as a presentation of Saudi’s Vision 2030 reform programme, which aims to end the kingdom’s dependence on oil.
While Russia and Saudi Arabia are now allies on the global oil market, they are on the opposite sides in the Syria conflict. Moscow supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad while Riyadh supports the opposition.
Ending the driving ban, Saudi Arabia announced that women would now be allowed to drive. With hashtags like #Iammyownguardian, #SaudiWomenDriving and #SaudiWomenCanDrive, Twitter has been buzzing with happy tweets from people.
. King Salman announced the historic change on Tuesday, ending a conservative tradition which limited women’s mobility and was seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression in the kingdom where Islam originated.
Neither Islamic law nor Saudi traffic law explicitly prohibited women from driving, but they were not issued licenses and were detained if they attempted to drive.
The ultra-conservative kingdom has been opening up more areas for women through the government’s modernising reforms, which have sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ruling family relies.
The new Saudi ambassador to Washington Prince Khaled bin Salman commended the move as a “huge step forward” for his country.
The Education Ministry recalled textbooks with a cover photo showing Yoda seated next to King Faisal as he signed the United Nations Charter in 1945, Saudi media said.
More than 10,000 people have been killed in war, which began in March 2015 when Houthis advanced on President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s interim headquarters in southern port city of Aden, forcing him to flee the country and seek Saudi military help.
Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a framework deal for military cooperation, just two days after Gulf rival Qatar signed a deal to buy jet fighters from the European nation.
Riyadh: In a move aimed at improving business confidence as the Saudi Arabia transitions into a post-oil era, the kingdom will lift its ban on internet calling applications easing online restrictions.
The sources said the world’s top oil exporter wants to start construction next year on two nuclear power plants with a total electricity generating capacity of up to 2.8 gigawatts, as it follows Gulf neighbour the United Arab Emirates in seeking to produce atomic energy.
Saudi Arabia led the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in cutting ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of bankrolling Islamist extremist groups and of being too close to regional rival Iran.
Fearing the Houthis are a proxy for their arch-foe Iran, the mostly Gulf Arab alliance seeks to help the internationally recognised government push up from a base in Yemen’s south towards Sanaa. Saleh’s guile has been key to resisting the push.