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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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Fighting escalates in Yemen, whilst diplomacy fails to deliver a much awaited ceasefire

Fighting escalates in Yemen, whilst diplomacy fails to deliver a much awaited ceasefire

Fighting has escalated in the last weeks in Marib and Al-Jawf, as intense diplomacy is failing to deliver any tangible progress towards reaching a ceasefire. Both the Houthis and the coalition admitted several airstrikes conducted by the coalition on various parts of Yemen over the last week. Meanwhile, government forces say they are keeping the Houthis at bay as they defend Marib city. 

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Turkmenistan is committed to broad constructive co-operation in the Caspian Region in line with its status as a neutral country.

Turkmenistan is committed to broad constructive co-operation in the Caspian Region in line with its status as a neutral country.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke about the importance of further consolidation of efforts aimed at development of balanced solutions of Caspian issues, including improvement of the legal framework needed to provide reliable foundation for development of mutually beneficial partnership in different spheres
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Russia says not seeking military base in Iran

Russia says not seeking military base in Iran

Iranian officials earlier criticised Russia for making public the use of an Iranian airbase to attack targets in Syria, and accused Moscow of super-power posturing. The incident caused embarrassment to the government of president Rohani and threatened to spoil agreements that he had reached with President Putin of Russia when they met in Baku earlier this month.
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President Rohani of Iran has arrived in Azerbaijan where tomorrow he will participate in trilateral meetings with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan which are likely to focus on economic and security issues. (More on our live blog)
President Rohani of Iran has arrived in Azerbaijan where tomorrow he will participate in trilateral meetings with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan which are likely to focus on economic and security issues. (More on our live blog)

President Rohani of Iran has arrived in Azerbaijan where tomorrow he will participate in trilateral meetings with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan which are likely to focus on economic and security issues. (More on our live blog)

President Rohani of Iran has arrived in Azerbaijan where tomorrow he will participate in trilateral meetings with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan which are likely to focus on economic and security issues. Ahead of the meeting President Putin has said he would like Iran to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union.