On October 23, Israel and Sudan agreed on to initiate steps to normalise ties with each other in a deal brokered with the help of the United States. With this move, Khartoum becomes the third Arab government to bring an end to the hostilities with Israel in the past twoContinue Reading

In a move that is likely to further escalate tensions between Turkey and Greece, Turkey has said that it has extended until October 27, the stay of its Oruc Reis survey vessel and two other ships in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean, that had earlier been scheduled toContinue Reading

As a minister aniticipated a possible diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and Sudan, Israeli public broadcaster Kan radio said that an Israeli delegation made a visit to Sudan on October 21 to discuss normalising ties. According to Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, his country was “very close to normalizing ties with Sudan”.Continue Reading

The Greek government has said it has finalised a plan to construct a wall long its northeast border with Turkey. The motive behind this wall is to stop the influx of migrant’s mass crossing into the country. Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said Monday that Greece would add 26 kilometres to an existing 10-kilometre section byContinue Reading

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released the Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia report. According to the report, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sweep across the region, though countries are cautiously proceeding with reopening. The necessary public health response to the pandemic has greatly decreased mobility and hasContinue Reading

During a visit by an Israeli and a U.S. delegation to Manama on October 18, Bahrain and Israel signed a joint communique to formalize their ties. The move symbolises the efforts from two sides to broaden a cooperation that the United States has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark with aContinue Reading

On October 18, daily prayers resumed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca for the first time in 7 months. Residents of the kingdom were allowed to perform prayers at the mosque, where the Kaaba is located, according to state television.   The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed 15,000 pilgrims per day – expanding capacity by 75%Continue Reading

In a statement, Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen has expressed deep concerns over the sufferings of the innocent Yemenis who have suffered greatly due to the ongoing war in the country.    “Innocent Yemenis continue to die and suffer because of this terrible war,” said Ms. Grande.  “We have to beContinue Reading

In connection with the disputed sea border, Lebanon and Israel launched talks in a brief meeting on October 14 which was held outdoors under blue canvas covers near the two countries’ land border. The lead Lenanese negotiator described the move as “the first step on a thousand-mile journey”. The UnitedContinue Reading

The G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) has extended by further six months, the debt relief for poor countries. It must be noted that the G20 DSSI has allowed poor nations to suspend payments on official bilateral debt owed to G20 creditors until the end of the year. Taking itContinue Reading