Persian Gulf countries http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31801/all en Gulf force begins war games in Kuwait http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/gulf-force-begins-war-games-kuwait <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Joint Gulf force the Peninsula Shield began a 17-day exercise in Kuwait on Sunday as officials said the war games were not related to unrest in the region.</p> <p>"The exercise was prescheduled and agreed for years. It is unrelated to any regional or political events," the head of Kuwaiti army public relations, Brigadier Abdulaziz al-Rayes, was cited as saying by the KUNA news agency.</p> <p>It aims at "activating the concept of joint defence... and implementing the unified defence strategy of the Gulf Cooperation Council states," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/gulf-force-begins-war-games-kuwait" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Persian Gulf countries Western Asia AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:30:05 +0000 5751591 at http://www.globalpost.com Arabs rap Iranian call for atomic talks to include Bahrain,Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/arabs-rap-iranian-call-atomic-talks-include-bahrainsyria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* GCC states again accuse Iran of destabilising agenda</p> <p>* West wants talks focused on Iran's disputed nuclear work</p> <p>ABU DHABI, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab government dismissed as "interference" an Iranian suggestion that unrest in Syria and Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, accusing Tehran of constantly trying to destabilise some Arab states.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/arabs-rap-iranian-call-atomic-talks-include-bahrainsyria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Bahrain Persian Gulf countries Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:45:53 +0000 5755447 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf monarchies reject 'provocative' Iran talks idea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/gulf-monarchies-reject-provocative-iran-talks-idea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Gulf monarchies on Thursday rejected as a provocation an Iranian proposal to include the Syria crisis and the situation in Bahrain on the agenda of upcoming talks on Tehran's nuclear programme.</p> <p>The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdellatif Zayani, announced the "total rejection" of the Iranian proposition, calling it "a provocation" and "interference in the internal affairs of Arab states."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/gulf-monarchies-reject-provocative-iran-talks-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Politics AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:02:48 +0000 5755525 at http://www.globalpost.com UAE agrees to grant Bahrain $2.5 bn http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/uae-agrees-grant-bahrain-25-bn <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UAE on Monday signed an agreement with Bahrain under which it will donate $2.5 billion to its protest-hit neighbour as part of a Gulf aid programme to it and Oman, the BNA state news agency said.</p> <p>Under the memorandum of understanding signed in Manama by the government of Bahrain and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the oil-rich state will release the aid package over a period of 10 years, "$250 million annually," BNA said.</p> <p>The grant will be directly managed by the Abu Dhabi fund, BNA said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/uae-agrees-grant-bahrain-25-bn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Persian Gulf countries Technology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:30:55 +0000 5759120 at http://www.globalpost.com UAE to pump $500 mn grant into Oman projects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/uae-pump-500-mn-grant-oman-projects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Oil-rich UAE will channel $500 million this year into development projects in neighbouring Oman as part of a $2.5 billion pledge within a Gulf aid programme, a top Emirati official said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"The UAE government will pump $0.5 billion this year through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development," said the fund's chief Mohammed al-Swaidi in Oman.</p> <p>He stressed that the funds will be part of a "UAE grant of $2.5 billion, that is the UAE's contribution to the Gulf Cooperation Council's programme launched in 2011 to help Bahrain and Oman," which were hit by Arab Spring protests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/uae-pump-500-mn-grant-oman-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Oman Persian Gulf countries Technology USD AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:01:18 +0000 5768601 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf awaits Kerry with qualms over US policies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/gulf-awaits-kerry-qualms-over-us-policies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The conservative Arab monarchies of the Gulf will meet newly appointed US State Secretary John Kerry on Sunday, amid reservations over his administration's policies on Syria and Iran, analysts say.</p> <p>Kerry is scheduled to meet his counterparts from the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, before flying on to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.</p> <p>There is "concern, frustration and disappointment about US policy. Some high GCC officials say in private they find it difficult to trust the US," said Abdulaziz Sager, chairman of the Gulf Research Centre.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/gulf-awaits-kerry-qualms-over-us-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia John Kerry Member states of the Arab League Persian Gulf countries Politics AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:45:38 +0000 5770438 at http://www.globalpost.com GCC states slam world inaction on Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/gcc-states-slam-world-inaction-syria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The six Gulf monarchies on Sunday criticised world inaction on Syria and Iranian "interference" in their internal affairs ahead of a visit to the Saudi capital by US Secretary of State John Kerry.</p> <p>"The Syrian crisis has become more of a quasi-catastrophe through the unjustified killing of the Syrian people," Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled al-Khalifa said at the opening session of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/gcc-states-slam-world-inaction-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Disaster Persian Gulf countries AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 18:15:38 +0000 5772261 at http://www.globalpost.com Kerry in Riyadh for Gulf talks on Iran, Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/kerry-riyadh-gulf-talks-iran-syria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Saudi capital on Sunday for talks with the Gulf monarchies on Iran and the deadly conflict roiling Syria.</p> <p>Kerry, on his first trip to the region since taking over as the top US diplomat, was to dine with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the group of six Gulf monarchies including Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>On Monday he will hold separate talks with each GCC nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/kerry-riyadh-gulf-talks-iran-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Technology AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:45:12 +0000 5772310 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran rejects Gulf claims of 'interference' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/iran-rejects-gulf-claims-interference <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iran rejected Tuesday claims by the Gulf Cooperation Council that it is interfering in the grouping's internal affairs, insisting that Tehran stays away from domestic issues of other countries.</p> <p>"Iran's intervention in Bahrain's affairs is a claim contrary to reality and it is made in order to escape from the real problems and will bear no results," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly press conference.</p> <p>"We have not, are not, will not interfere in the domestic issues of any country."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/iran-rejects-gulf-claims-interference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahraini uprising Disaster Persian Gulf countries AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:46:16 +0000 5773755 at http://www.globalpost.com Undersecretaries of GCC ministries of Finance and Economy discuss economic integration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/undersecretaries-gcc-ministries-finance-and-economy-discuss-economic-in <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Undersecretaries of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) ministries of Finance '&amp;' Economy, will hold their 40th meeting on Wednesday next, to prepare for the 95th session of the Financial '&amp;' Economic Cooperation Committee to be hosted by Bahrain on 4th May 2013.</p><P>The meeting will discuss a number of issues including the GCC's proposals on the implementation of the resolution of the Supreme Council on deepening economic integration between the countries of the GCC.</p><P>The meeting also addresses the recommendations of the working groups and other tech</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/undersecretaries-gcc-ministries-finance-and-economy-discuss-economic-in" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:22:25 +0000 Asianet 5807849 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait grants Bahrain $1.3 billion to finance projects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/kuwait-grants-bahrain-13-billion-finance-projects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kuwait said on Wednesday it will finance projects worth $1.3 billion (992 million euros) in its Gulf partner Bahrain as part of pledges made two years ago, an official statement said.</p> <p>The funds will be used to finance part of four development projects over the next few years, including power transmission networks, housing projects and a key road, the state-owned Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development said.</p> <p>KFAED officials signed the agreements with visiting Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/kuwait-grants-bahrain-13-billion-finance-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Persian Gulf countries Technology AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:45:33 +0000 5808821 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf countries meet over Iran nuclear radiation fears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130414/gulf-countries-meet-over-iran-nuclear-radiation-fears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBAI/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - National emergency officials in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries met on Sunday in Saudi Arabia to discuss the risk of radiation spreading over the Gulf if Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is damaged by another earthquake.</p> <p>A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station last week, killing dozens of people but leaving the nearby plant undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130414/gulf-countries-meet-over-iran-nuclear-radiation-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Nuclear program of Iran Persian Gulf countries Thomson Reuters Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:45:09 +0000 5815208 at http://www.globalpost.com Bahrain police arrest 2 'girls' over bid to attack F1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/bahrain-police-arrest-2-girls-over-bid-attack-f1-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Bahraini girls were arrested for allegedly having plotted to carry out an attack on Sakhir circuit during the weekend's Formula One Grand Prix race, police said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Authorities arrested "two girls who were trying to carry out a terrorist act at Bahrain's international circuit in the south, as the kingdom was hosting the Formula One race," state news agency BNA quoted police as saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/bahrain-police-arrest-2-girls-over-bid-attack-f1-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Persian Gulf countries AFP Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:00:34 +0000 5823163 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf states may place Hezbollah on terror list http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/gulf-states-may-place-hezbollah-terror-list <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gulf Arab states will consider placing Lebanon's Shiite party Hezbollah, which is openly involved in the Syrian conflict, on its terror list, Al-Rai daily quoted highly placed diplomats on Thursday as saying.</p> <p>Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss "placing Hezbollah on the terror list" at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the newspaper said.</p> <p>Bahrain currently holds the GCC's rotating presidency.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/gulf-states-may-place-hezbollah-terror-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries AFP Thu, 30 May 2013 11:46:53 +0000 5848679 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf-EU meeting calls for Syria political settlement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130630/gulf-eu-meeting-calls-syria-political-settlement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged Sunday to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting in Bahrain.</p> <p>The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also called on Shiite Iran to play "a constructive role" in the Sunni-dominated region.</p> <p>The ministers "reiterated the utmost urgency of finding a political settlement of the Syrian conflict," said a statement issued at the end of the meeting.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130630/gulf-eu-meeting-calls-syria-political-settlement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arabian Peninsula Asia Persian Gulf countries Technology War AFP Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:03:53 +0000 5871770 at http://www.globalpost.com