Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Gibraltar has accepted that the detained tanker carrying Iranian oil will not breach EU sanctions on Syria, and released her. But until she sails US attempts to detain her continue.
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.
Oman has a record as defuser of crises and as mediator. Currently claiming to defuse but not to mediate.
Bahrain – two Shia “terrorists” executed. Bahrain an international venue. Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
The seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar highlights the fuel crisis in Syria and EU policy.
UAE forces begin withdrawing from Yemen. Saudi Arabia increasingly isolated and will have to reconsider.
Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.