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Secret talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aiming to end years of hostilities, and bring the brutal war in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion.

Iran's foreign ministry said Tehran welcomes the change of tone from Saudi Arabia on Thursday, after reports this month revealed secret talks between the regional rivals.

Could Saudi-Iran talks finally defuse the region's biggest rivalry?

Giorgio Cafiero

Could Saudi-Iran talks finally defuse the region's biggest rivalry?

Analysis: Few expect major changes in Saudi-Iranian relations any time soon, but recent talks in Iraq signal a potential de-escalation after years of animosity.

Lebanon PM calls on <em>Qatar</em> to rescue nation

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon PM calls on Qatar to rescue nation

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab called for wealthy Qatar's help during a visit to the Gulf country on Monday as his nation sinks ...

Sayed Jalal Shajjan

Afghanistan's fragile future: The end of America's 'forever war'

Analysis: The future of the Afghan government looks bleak after the US military withdrawal, with the Taliban sensing victory.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Super League announcement opens unprecedented conflict in European football

A planned breakaway Super League announced by twelve of European football's most powerful clubs and backed by US investment bank JPMorgan was ...

Sabena Siddiqui

Can Saudi Arabia and Pakistan mend frayed ties?

Analysis: Amid new geopolitical shifts and realignments in the region, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan appear to be pursuing a reset in relations.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia's Nile dispute: A looming conflict?

Analysis: Ethiopia's contested dam on the Nile has pitted it against both Egypt and Sudan, with a border dispute between Khartoum and Addis ...

Jordanian prince's criticism put kingdom's allies in bind

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Jordanian prince's criticism put kingdom's allies in bind

King Abdullah II got support expressed from Jordan's allies as his half-brother criticised how the country is rules.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

The militant group appear unimpressed with President Ashraf Ghani's attempt to undercut a US proposal to form an interim government involving ...

Mauritania re-establishes diplomatic ties with <em>Qatar</em> after four-year freeze

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Mauritania re-establishes diplomatic ties with Qatar after four-year freeze

Mauritania re-opened its diplomatic channel to Qatar after a four-year freeze following the Saudi-led freeze.

Saudis, Egypt on long road in ending GCC rift

The New Arab Staff

Saudis, Egypt on long road in ending GCC rift

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are more receptive towards Qatar, but the UAE and Bahrain are less willing to forget past differences and ...

<em>Qatar</em>, Egypt discuss bilateral cooperation in Cairo

The New Arab Staff

Qatar, Egypt discuss bilateral cooperation in Cairo

The Qatari delegation's visit is reportedly a prelude to a full restoration of diplomatic ties in the 'next phase'.

What lies in store for US-Saudi ties?

Sabena Siddiqui

What lies in store for US-Saudi ties?

Analysis: Biden has softened his tough campaign rhetoric since entering office as the US negotiates its future relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Jalel Harchaoui

Who are Libya's new leaders?

The long read: Jalel Harchaoui dissects the fluid alliances and histories behind the new characters on Libya's political scene, as the country tries to chart its new course.

The New Arab Staff

Qatar FM visiting Iran in 'nuclear diplomacy push'

Doha has expressed a desire to mediate negotiations between Iran and the US, as well as between Tehran and the Gulf Arab states.

The New Arab Staff

Domestic violence increase in Iraq as shelters go underground

The United Nations said only one country in eight has taken measures to lessen the pandemic's impact on women and children worldwide.

Sabena Siddiqui

Can football diplomacy reunite the GCC?

The upcoming Qatar World Cup has economic benefits for the GCC which is struggling to overcome damages inflicted by the coronavirus ...

Houthis claim responsibility for attack on Saudi airport

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Houthis claim responsibility for attack on Saudi airport

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for an attack on Abha International Airport which caused a civilian plane to catch fire.

The New Arab Staff

Qatar's FM pledges support for Lebanon during surprise visit

Qatar's foreign minister pledged support for Lebanon throughout rebuilding Beirut but said there is no initiative for reconciliation.

<em>Qatar</em> emir receives Sudan General 'Hemedti' in Doha

The New Arab Staff

Qatar emir receives Sudan General 'Hemedti' in Doha

Sudan's General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, widely known as Hemedti, briefed the emir on the latest developments in Khartoum and thanked him for ...

The geopolitics of vaccine diplomacy in the Middle East

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The geopolitics of vaccine diplomacy in the Middle East

Analysis: The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in the Middle East is being driven by diplomatic considerations, with China, Russia and the United ...

Arab Spring exiles look back on Egypt uprising

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Arab Spring exiles look back on Egypt uprising

A decade after the January 25 uprising, thousands of protesters are estimated to have fled to escape the President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ...

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