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Stories under this heading cover the Gulf and the Red Sea regions, including the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and the countries bordering the Red Sea.

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Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Thousands of Ethiopians gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa as the government announced the completion of the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). While Egypt is relieved by the quick ending of the filling, joined by Sudan, it still calls to reach a final trilateral agreement with Ethiopia on the operation of the dam. 

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Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Ethiopians celebrate second filling of controversial Nile dam

Thousands of Ethiopians gathered at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa as the government announced the completion of the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). While Egypt is relieved by the quick ending of the filling, joined by Sudan, it still calls to reach a final trilateral agreement with Ethiopia on the operation of the dam. 
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Egypt says it appreciates EU position on the GERD issue

Egypt says it appreciates EU position on the GERD issue

The Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, held meetings with several European officials in Brussels in the last days as part of an effort to explain Egypt's position on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Shoukry affirmed the importance of outlining a roadmap to reach a binding agreement on the operation of the dam.
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Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Cairo's underbridges on a path of transformation

Egypt's capital, Cairo, is home to hundreds of bridges and bridge extensions scattered all over the metropolis. For long, under bridges were a place for the homeless, renegades and illicit activities but the scene is rapidly changing now as underbridges turn into cafes and social corners. 
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Sultan of Oman travels to Saudi Arabia on milestone official visit

Sultan of Oman travels to Saudi Arabia on milestone official visit

The visit is being hailed as a milestone visit in the two neighbouring countries. The two countries have often had disputes on a range of issues. However, in recent months there has been a growing rapprochement between Riyadh and Muscat as high-level officials of the two countries have exchanged visits and conducted extensive consultations on a number of political and economic issues of common interest. A number of trade deals are expected to be signed.
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Envoy says EU understands GCC concerns about Iran

Envoy says EU understands GCC concerns about Iran

The European Union's envoy to Saudi Arabia has expressed the bloc's understanding of the concerns shared by the Gulf States regarding Iranian activity in the region. Patrick Simonnet, the EU Head of Delegation to Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia was speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. Simonnet clarified that the situation today differs from what it was back in 2015 and   many issues needed to be resolved.
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GERD crisis: After the Security Council, Egypt heads to Brussels

GERD crisis: After the Security Council, Egypt heads to Brussels

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Brussels on Saturday (10 July) to hold talks with officials from the European Union on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis. Last week Egypt and Sudan raised the issue at the UN Security Council who in turn entrusted the African Union to resume negotiations between the two countries and Ethiopia. 
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Unstable oil prices after Saudi Arabia and UAE fail to agree on supply rates

Unstable oil prices after Saudi Arabia and UAE fail to agree on supply rates

Oil prices jumped to a new high after a disagreement between Saudi Arabia and the UAE about oil production quotas. West Texas Intermediate crude advanced to $76.98 a barrel, the highest since November 2014, as the OPEC+ talks are postponed indefinitely. Meanwhile, Brent crude, the global benchmark, maintained its three-year high of about $77 a barrel.