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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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Qatar to host a consultative meeting of Arab League foreign ministers

Qatar to host a consultative meeting of Arab League foreign ministers

The General Secretariat of the Arab League announced that Qatar will host a consultative meeting of the League Council at the level of Arab foreign ministers on 8 June. The meeting is part of the League's keenness to increase the frequency and intensity of consultation on topics of common interest.
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A new nuclear deal can bring some benefits to Iran's energy sector

A new nuclear deal can bring some benefits to Iran's energy sector

The entrance of Iran in the 2015 nuclear deal and the lifting of US sanctions led to a boom in Iran's energy sector. A similar boom is expected after a new deal is successfully agreed upon. Experts suggest that the Iranian return to a deal could entail both negative and positive scenarios for its energy economy. 
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UN Envoy to Yemen to leave post after being appointed to a senior post in the organisation's New York headquarters

UN Envoy to Yemen to leave post after being appointed to a senior post in the organisation's New York headquarters

The UN Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who has served as the main UN negotiator for peace in Yemen, is set to leave his post after serving for more than three years. He is due to take more senior responsibilities as a UN undersecretary-general for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.