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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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Pope Francis on historic visit to Iraq

Pope Francis on historic visit to Iraq

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has arrived in Iraq on a visit that is being described as both pastoral and official. Pope Francis will spend four days in the Middle Eastern nation during which he will travel north and south as “a pilgrim seeking peace, fraternity and reconciliation”, as he himself has said.
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Intensive diplomatic activity as efforts continue to end Yemeni war

Intensive diplomatic activity as efforts continue to end Yemeni war

Reuters reported on Wednesday (3 March) that US officials have met Yemen's Houthis in efforts to end the war. The meeting, which has not been announced officially, allegedly happened between US envoy Lenderking and the Houthis’ chief negotiator Mohammed Abdusalam in the Omani capital Muscat on 26 February.
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Qatari foreign minister in Cairo after three years

Qatari foreign minister in Cairo after three years

The Qatari foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, visited the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to chair the 155th ordinary session of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers. At the sidelines of the session, Al Thani met with the Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry. The two countries signed a reconciliation agreement in January ending the rift.