Region

Gulf and Red Sea Regions

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

Editor's choice
News
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. 

Filter archive

Editor's choice
News
Progress in inter-Arab dialogue after AlUla declaration

Progress in inter-Arab dialogue after AlUla declaration

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have started addressing outstanding issues with Qatar as they rebuild relations with the Gulf state. Riyadh and Cairo have taken a more pragmatic approach towards Qatar, and have moved faster than the UAE and Bahrain in resuming diplomatic relations with Doha, according to Reuters.
Editor's choice
News
Civilians suffer most from escalation in Yemen fighting

Civilians suffer most from escalation in Yemen fighting

The recent military campaign in the Yemeni province of Marib threatens local populations first and foremost. The military operations, which mostly are hit and run operations, threaten to displace at least 385,000 people, said the UN migration agency. Marib is home to about 800,000 IDPs who fled during various stages of the 5 six-year-old conflict.
Editor's choice
News
Books for peace in Darfur

Books for peace in Darfur

A new book donation and distribution in Darfur aims to consolidate peace and contribute to post-conflict recovery in Sudan. Estella Gaetano, novelist and storyteller from South Sudan launched the initiative called "Make a difference with a book."
Editor's choice
News
Yemen swerves between war and peace amid a humanitarian catastrophe

Yemen swerves between war and peace amid a humanitarian catastrophe

The rebel Houthi Movement has rejected a US peace proposal that was part of the incoming Biden administration new strategy for the region. The EU remains engaged with the Yemeni issue and also on Friday High Representative Josep Borrell spoke with the Yemeni foreign minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak.
Editor's choice
News
 World Bank supports Egypt's railway safety

World Bank supports Egypt's railway safety

The World Banks approved this week a US$440 million loan to support Egypt's initiative for railway safety and service. The Railway Improvement and Safety for Egypt (RISE) will utilise the fund along with other financial support from the Egyptian National Railways (ENR).
Editor's choice
News
Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has wrapped up his tour of three Gulf countries after meeting his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. In various press appearances with his local counterparts Lavrov appeared upbeat on the future of relations between Russia and the Gulf countries, but there was not much detail as to how this can happen in substance.
Editor's choice
News
Russians at the door

Russians at the door

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov visits UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week intending to assert his country's claim to a role in regional affairs. 18 months ago, Moscow unveiled its updated "Russian Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf region". It envisages a collective mechanism of response to challenges and threats with the participation of regional states, including Iran and all Arab countries.