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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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EU Special Envoy for Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia has ‘important role’ to play in Africa

EU Special Envoy for Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia has ‘important role’ to play in Africa

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, The EU Envoy for Ethiopia emphasised the importance of international co-operation to bring the conflict in the Tigray region to an end. Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s foreign minister, said it is important that the EU works with Saudi Arabia, given it has “good relations with all parties in the whole of Africa”.
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US to cut troops in the Gulf, says WSJ

US to cut troops in the Gulf, says WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US President, Joe Biden, has directed the Pentagon to cut troops present in the Gulf. The move appears to be an early step in the efforts towards a realignment of US presence away from the Middle East.
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Russian newspaper says the new Iran-China agreement also covers sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence

Russian newspaper says the new Iran-China agreement also covers sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence

China and Iran have signed a deal on comprehensive co-operation for the next 25 years. The details of the agreement have not been revealed but the Russian newspaper Izvestya says it is known that it will cover not only such areas as economy and culture, but also sensitive fields such as defense and intelligence.
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Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Nuclear deal with Iran faces another hurdle

Efforts to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have stalled. Axios reports that Iran has rejected a US proposal that includes steps to release Iranian funds in South Korea in exchange for Iran backing down on some steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear deal, including reducing uranium enrichment.