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Dec 23, 2013

Analysis: Domestic concerns drive Oman’s newly assertive foreign policy

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Traditionally reticent Oman has become unusually assertive in opposing a Saudi plan for Gulf Arab states to close ranks against Iran, worried that a wider regional confrontation might threaten its own stability.

Oman’s willingness to incur the displeasure of Saudi Arabia, its most powerful neighbor, reflects both the proximity of Iran and vulnerabilities of its domestic political, economic and religious makeup.

Dec 23, 2013

Domestic concerns drive Oman’s newly assertive foreign policy

MUSCAT, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Traditionally reticent Oman has
become unusually assertive in opposing a Saudi plan for Gulf
Arab states to close ranks against Iran, worried that a wider
regional confrontation might threaten its own stability.

Oman’s willingness to incur the displeasure of Saudi Arabia,
its most powerful neighbour, reflects both the proximity of Iran
and vulnerabilities of its domestic political, economic and
religious makeup.

Dec 16, 2013

BP signs $16 billion tight gas project deal in Oman

MUSCAT/DUBAI (Reuters) – BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has signed 30-year deals to develop Oman’s Khazzan tight gas project at an estimated investment of $16 billion, that will help the Omani economy to keep growing and bolster flagging gas exports.

The Khazzan gas project, which aims to extract around one billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of gas from deep under central Oman, is a showcase for BP’s tight gas extraction technology and output will go towards meeting Oman’s growing energy needs.

Dec 16, 2013

BP signs deal to develop $16 bln Oman shale gas project

MUSCAT/DUBAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – BP has signed
30-year gas production sharing and sales deals to develop Oman’s
Khazzan tight gas project at an estimated investment of $16
billion, the UK energy giant and Omani government announced on
Monday.

The Khazzan gas project, which aims to extract around one
billion cubic feet (bcf) per day of gas from deep under central
Oman, is a showcase for BP’s tight gas extraction technology and
its success is vital for Oman’s economy.

Nov 28, 2013

U.N. Yemen envoy says former president’s camp undermining talks

DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. envoy to Yemen has accused members of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government of obstructing reconciliation talks aimed at completing a power transfer deal, and called for international support for the current administration.

A Saleh aide denied his camp was undermining the talks and said that the United Nations envoy, Jamal Benomar, had become a burden on the transition process.

Nov 13, 2013

Analysis: Yemen fighting risks deepening sectarian divisions

DUBAI (Reuters) – A deadly assault by Shi’ite Houthi rebels on a Salafi Islamic school planted in their mountain heartland could ignite wider sectarian conflict in Yemen, where instability has already helped al Qaeda militants to take root.

The Houthis, who belong to the Zaydi branch of Shi’ite Islam, have bombarded the sprawling Dar al-Hadith seminary in Dammaj village for two weeks, killing at least 100 people.

Nov 13, 2013

Yemen fighting risks deepening sectarian divisions

DUBAI, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A deadly assault by Shi’ite Houthi
rebels on a Salafi Islamic school planted in their mountain
heartland could ignite wider sectarian conflict in Yemen, where
instability has already helped al Qaeda militants to take root.

The Houthis, who belong to the Zaydi branch of Shi’ite
Islam, have bombarded the sprawling Dar al-Hadith seminary in
Dammaj village for two weeks, killing at least 100 people.

Aug 12, 2013

Bahrain will ‘forcefully confront’ planned August 14 protests: PM

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s prime minister said on Monday his government would “forcefully confront” protests called for later this week, and warned those behind planned demonstrations that they would be punished, state news agency BNA reported.

Protesters inspired by youth-led protests in Egypt that pushed the army to oust Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last month called for rallies on Wednesday, at a time of escalating clashes between police and pro-opposition demonstrators.

Jul 4, 2013

Gulf Arabs greet Egypt’s new leader, Turkey slams ‘coup’

DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states welcomed Egypt’s interim leader on Thursday, hopeful his appointment would stem the rise of Islamists in the Middle East, but the military overthrow of an elected president drew a guarded response from Iran and condemnation from Turkey.

The United States expressed concern at the ouster of Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and called for a swift return to democracy, as did the European Union. But they stopped short of calling it a coup, which might have led to sanctions.

Jul 3, 2013

Wary of Mursi, Gulf Arabs keen to appear neutral in Egypt crisis

DUBAI/RIYADH, July 3 (Reuters) – Gulf Arab rulers are
resisting the temptation to gloat in public about the political
woes of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, a group most of them
mistrust, for fear of deepening unrest in a country that remains
a potential ally in their standoff with Iran.

Officials and analysts said official Gulf Arab silence
reflected a longstanding belief among the mainly small,
U.S.-allied Sunni Muslim-ruled oil producers that their security
is closely linked to that of Egypt, the most populous country in
the Arab World, which is also Sunni.