The Senate in Washington and the Court of Appeal in London find fault with current policy on arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Sudan – killing of demonstrators stalls negotiations between military and protesters. Ethiopian mediation knocked off course.
Two tankers attacked and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman. Pompeo again accuses Iran.
Stockholm peace process for Hudaida continues, but so does escalation of the war with Houthi attacks on Saudi territory. Two more tankers hit. Since our posting of 13 May the war in Yemen has continued unabated, not only between the Houthis and the Saudi led coalition forces; Al Qaeda and IS remain active, though largely against each other. Pro-coalition statements routinely describe the Houthis as “Iran backed“, but independent commentators argue that while there is certainly Iranian involvement the Houthi/Iranian relationship is pragmatic and limited. The war has increased …
Sudan – 60 demonstrators killed, talks between the military and the protesters stalled.
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Sudan – negotiations between the military and the protesters paused following some shooting. General strike called.
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.