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Dec 7, 2013

Rising power India sees no U.S.-style Gulf security role

MANAMA (Reuters) – Rising naval power India has no intention of becoming a U.S.-style protector of Gulf Arab states, even if the region’s states asked it to take on that role, its foreign minister said on Saturday, citing his country’s avoidance of foreign military deployments not mandated by the United Nations.

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid added without elaborating that any effort by fellow Asian powers Japan and China to become a strategic security partner of the Gulf would not necessarily help secure the region, where deployed U.S. forces are currently the dominant military power.

Dec 7, 2013

India says has no interest in U.S.-style Gulf security role

MANAMA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – India’s foreign minister said his
country had no interest in filling the breach if Washington
decided to reduce its military footprint in the Gulf, and
cautioned that the region would not be well-served by turning to
other Asian powers, like China.

“We have never played the classical role of intervening with
military assistance in the same way that the U.S. has been
doing,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told Reuters.

Dec 7, 2013

Qatar pushes for Gulf Arab inclusion in Iran talks

MANAMA (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states must have a seat at nuclear talks between world powers and neighbouring Iran because of their own stake in regional stability, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Gulf Arab capitals cautiously welcomed an interim nuclear accord between Tehran and six powers agreed on November 24, but some officials said Western allies had not briefed them adequately on a deal central to regional as well as global security.

Nov 24, 2013

U.S.-Iran thaw starts to reshape Mideast power balance

DUBAI (Reuters) – An interim international deal on Iran’s nuclear programme could tilt the balance of power in the Middle East towards Tehran after two years of popular revolts that have weakened leading Arab nations.

Sunday’s agreement opens the way for a thaw in U.S.-Iranian confrontation that has lasted almost as long as the U.S.-Soviet Cold War, alarming Israel and Gulf Arab rulers who fear a new regional hegemon deeply hostile to their interests.

Nov 24, 2013

Analysis: U.S.-Iran thaw starts to reshape Mideast power balance

DUBAI (Reuters) – An interim international deal on Iran’s nuclear program could tilt the balance of power in the Middle East towards Tehran after two years of popular revolts that have weakened leading Arab nations.

Sunday’s agreement opens the way for a thaw in U.S.-Iranian confrontation that has lasted almost as long as the U.S.-Soviet Cold War, alarming Israel and Gulf Arab rulers who fear a new regional hegemony deeply hostile to their interests.

Nov 21, 2013

Gulf buyers eye future purchases of Lockheed’s F-35 jet

DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf buyers are nearing decisions to buy more current generation fighter jets, but the buzz at the Dubai Airshow was about Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) radar-evading F-35 fighter – a plane not yet operational and not even on display there.

The U.S. government sent a big delegation to this year’s show, eager to reassure Gulf leaders about their continued commitment to the region despite policy differences over Syria and Iran and signs that Egypt is looking at buying Russian weapons after a slowdown in U.S. military aid.

Nov 20, 2013

U.S.-Arab strains hand Russia chance to regain some Mideast clout

DUBAI/CAIRO (Reuters) – Unfamiliar strains between Washington and its Arab allies have given Russia an opportunity to regain some lost influence in the Middle East, capture arms sales from U.S. competitors and enjoy the unusual spectacle of its old rival looking puny.

No one expects Moscow to challenge the United States as the dominant security guarantor in the Gulf. Nor will Washington cede its place as the main outside player in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Iran’s nuclear dispute or other regional issues.

Oct 23, 2013

Analysis: Saudi move reflects fears U.S. falling for Iranian charm

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s warning that it will downgrade its relationship with the United States is based on a fear that President Barack Obama lacks both the mettle and the guile to confront mutual adversaries, and is instead handing them a strategic advantage.

Riyadh is locked in what it sees as a pivotal battle over the fate of the Middle East with its arch-rival Iran, a country it believes is meddling in the affairs of allies and seeking to build a nuclear bomb, charges Tehran denies.

Oct 23, 2013

Saudi move reflects fears U.S. falling for Iranian charm

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s warning that it will downgrade its relationship with the United States is based on a fear that President Barack Obama lacks both the mettle and the guile to confront mutual adversaries, and is instead handing them a strategic advantage.

Riyadh is locked in what it sees as a pivotal battle over the fate of the Middle East with its arch-rival Iran, a country it believes is meddling in the affairs of allies and seeking to build a nuclear bomb, charges Tehran denies.

Sep 30, 2013

Driving Iran’s change: Economic threats, strategic opportunities

DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Behind Iran’s overtures to
Washington lie pent-up pressures for change – from sanctions and
internal dissent to regional turmoil – that are shaping a rare
chance to end decades of hostility.

For new President Hassan Rouhani, speed is of the essence.

Sanctions are squeezing Iran’s oil exports, economic misery
is palpable, Arab Spring contagion poses a persistent threat and
involvement in Syria’s civil war is a drain on hard-pressed
resources.